Ethiopia: Culture, History, & Nature

My recent trip to Ethiopia offered so many varied experiences.  Ethiopia offeres cultural, historical, and natural experiences to the traveller.  Unfortunately, in our limited time, we were unable to do everything, which may mean that we will one day return.  Here’s a taste of what we did experience while there.

Ethiopia is known for their rock hewn churches.  Our itinerary did not highlight these churches, so therefore we missed out the famous one, Lalibela,  but we managed to see a few. Abraha we Atsbeha has beautiful paintings inside unlike other churches in the area which were burned.  It was so interesting to see stories of the bible depicted with African figures.

 

At Wukro Cherkos, the paintings were less and you could see the burn marks.  We happened to be visiting at a time of pilgrimage and we were able to witness the priest giving holy water

 

Medhane Alem Kesho was my favourite church.  You can really see how they built it out of the rock.  This church has carvings instead of paintings.  The bottom right hand photo is where milk and honey flow from this rock once a year on March 19th.

 

Although not known for its animals like its neighbouring country, Kenya, to the south, we did get to see some animals while we were there.

 

Highlights of our trip were being able to visit with the tribes of Omo Valley.

 

 

Observing Ethiopians in the everyday life was interesting.  How hard they work.  The food they eat.  The way they make their bee hives.

 

Our other highlight was the Danakil depression

 

salt mine

 

 

Ethiopia is also known as the cradle of civilization.  Lucy was found here, so of course we went to visit her

Lucy

We will one day return to explore more of the churches, historical cities and to do hiking in the different mountains.

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Only In Madagascar

Lured by the how exotic Madagascar seemed, this was my next destination.  I came here because of the unique flora and fauna of the island.  Little did I know that I would be intrigued just as equally by its people, culture and way of life.

Gray Mouse Lemur

When you typically visit Africa, you do a lot of driving.  But you find yourself seeing so much more than scenery while on the road, because the main arteries take you through villages where we were a witness to the daily lives of the Malagasy which were an interesting people with a mixture of African, South East Asian and Arabic taking on different aspects of each culture.

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There were many handicrafts that the Malagasy were very proud of to display

Madagascar is a very large island with vast different landscapes throughout

There are a lot of flora and fauna in Madagascar that is unique to just this island

Of course one of the main reasons to go is to see the ever loved lemurs that were much easier to spot and see than I had ever imagined.

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