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  • Biography: Retired. Have time for the things I love: travel, my cat, reading, good food, travel, genealogy, walking, and of course travel.

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10 things to plan before visiting Ethiopia

Posted by Pat on February 11, 2018 in Travel |

4th of Yekatit, the 6th month of 2010

“Travel to Ethiopia and be seven years younger” the advertising says.

Actually, with a flight time of 36 hours to reach Addis Ababa, I would need these seven years in order to pull my brain together and do anything other than sleep.  Just attempting to figure out what day it is in Ethiopia can be a challenge. I was warned to watch the time as well. Ethiopians use a 12-hour clock which cycles from dawn to dusk and starts over dusk to dawn. Being so close to the Equator, dusk and dawn never vary by much. Read more…

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Shenkele Wildlife Sanctuary and Hawassa

Posted by Pat on February 4, 2018 in Travel |

3-4 February 2018 Today I ride in the last car of a five car caravan. This is important. This morning we retrace our journey north following Highway 9 to Sodo and 41 to Alaba Qulito leading up the Rift Valley toward Addis Ababa. We pass fertile farmland planted with bananas, grains and tobacco. The savannah […]

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Omo Bend and the Omotic Tribal People

Posted by Pat on February 3, 2018 in Travel |

1-2 February 2018 Playing Ethiopian dodgeball with the goats, ruts, rocks, swales and riverbeds of the road, for two hours we bounce our way to the village of Gorcho. This is a new landscape of flat land, huge dry washes, red soil and towering red ‘chimneys’ of termite mounds. I definitely would not want to […]

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Ari Tribe of Jinka

Posted by Pat on February 1, 2018 in Travel |

31 January 2018 First the rooster crows, impatient for daybreak. A mass can be heard from somewhere to the south. The Call to Prayer echoes to the east. A hungry mosquito can be heard attempting to breach my netting. The familiar ping of “I’ve got mail” tells me the internet has been turned on. Ravens […]

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The Mursi of the Omo Valley

Posted by Pat on February 1, 2018 in Travel |

30 January 2018 It is a morning of rutted roads and clouds of dust. It reminds me of childhood when faced with that long Thanksgiving drive to a meal with obnoxious relatives. You dread being around the bully cousin or the picky grandmother. I have heard so many horror stories about the Mursi tribe that […]

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The Omo Valley – Meeting the Konso

Posted by Pat on January 30, 2018 in Travel |

29 January 2018 I was forewarned!  “Omo Valley Adventure – In order to fully experience and explore this incredibly diverse, yet sometimes isolated UNESCO area, we really get “off-the-beaten-track”. Sometimes the road is in rough condition, you should be prepared for some bumpy drives. Accommodation in small towns is modest. A certain spirit of adventure […]

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Visiting the Dorze and Lake Chamo

Posted by Pat on January 29, 2018 in Travel |

28 January 2018 Sunrise reddens the sky above The Bridge of God, haze hangs over lakes Abaya and Chamo. It is a baboon-less morning at Paradise Lodge in Abra Minch.

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