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Celebrating Timkat and a random diversion to visit some Rastafarians
So I decided to just chill out for my last week in Ethiopia and it turned out to be a good time to be in Addis because it was Timkat (The Epiphany for those of you Christians out there).  I was told that in order to see the celebrations, all I needed to do was head to any of the many churches in town at around 2pm on the first day and I'd be able to follow the priests to the party.  I wasn't really sure what that meant but I soon found out.  I ar...

Seeing a different side of Ethiopia in Harar
Deciding that we were too exhausted to endure the two day bus journey from Lalibela back to Addis, we luckily grabbed two last minute tickets on a flight instead.  Considering that we were planning on heading to Harar by bus (10 hours at least) the following day, the extra expense (about $65) was well worth it.  With the few hours I had in Addis that afternoon, I was saved again by my friend Hintsa!  He had done some research and found a place fo...

Finally to Lalibela!
I had actually never heard of Lalibela before I decided to come to Ethiopia and didn't actually know what it was until I arrived in the country. All I had heard was that it was amazing and considered by some to be one of the unknown wonders of the world. Its a small isolated village in the mountains where there are a group of beautiful churches carved out of cliff faces. Having seen a few of the rock-hewn churches in the north if Ethiopia, I had ...

One of the most incredible places I've ever been - the Danakil Depression!
So there's good news and bad news... The good news is that I just spent four days in one of the most incredible places I've ever been - the Danakil Depression. The bad news is... my camera broke... again. I've now gone through two cameras in eight months of travel... not a very good record. But there's actually one more tidbit of good news. I've been traveling with an Aussie named Peter who has an amazing camera and he has promised to send me pho...

Seeing a bit of history in Tigrai (with a large dose of hassle)
The town of Axum was apparently once the center of a powerful empire but today it's a pretty small town with a lot of history in the form of ruins. Scattered around the town are tombs, palaces (most of which are just a pile of rocks now), and stelae (huge stones that the people used to erect like tombstones for their rulers). Apparently the largest of the stelae collapsed when they tried to erect it (and fell on one of their other king's huge t...

Trekking through the fantastic Simean Mountains
It's taken a while for this post because I've been out in the boonies without an internet connection but you'll see from the photos that it was worth the wait! :) I met up with some fellow travelers in Gonder and head up to the one-dirt-road town of Debark just outside the Simean mountains. I actually arrived there one day before them to organize all the logistics (everyone is required to take an armed "scout" with them into the park - we cou...

Exploring historical Gonder
Gonder is a small city in the rolling hills that seem to lead up to the Simean Mountains in Northern Ethiopia. Its famous for it "Royal Enclosure" which is basically a walled compound of 17th century castles and buildings smack in the middle of the city. The ruins were pretty impressive but it was odd to see so many different structures. It seems that each subsequent ruler didn't want to use the old guy's castle so he built a new one. :-) Th...

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