25-26-27 January 2018 I leave the north. Flying above Ethiopia, my perspective is of zigging zagging canyons with a sliver of river at the bottom; huge buttes with small villages on top; ridges; endless brown; rocky, volcanic topography – what looks to be an incredibly inhospitable landscape. I see few tilled fields that seem ample […]
23-24 January 2018 A 40-minute southerly flight takes me over astonishing landscape from Aksum to the remarkable Amhara city of Lalibela. The view of the Simien Mountains, Tekezé River and 200 miles of rugged Ethiopia is amazing. The city of Lalibela is small, about 30,000 people, but one of the most important in all […]
22 January 2018 I leave green, fertile fields for dry, barren, rocky Tigray. If there is one thing this region has, it’s rocks: a plethora of rocks on top of rocks used for building and terracing. Oh, and an occasional camel. Ethiopia’s Kebre Nagast (Book of Kings) recounts how Aksum was the city in which […]
20-21 January 2018 An arduous climb out of Gondar has brought me to the massive Simien Mountains. According to Google Maps, which tells me what my stomach already knows, I have ascended up 7450’ just to descend down 3,668, up again and down again and around and around to reach my 10,735’ mountaintop lodge. The […]
18-19 January 2018 We drive this amazing countryside north from Bahir Dar around Lake Tana. The road wends its way up, as high as 7500 feet as we slowly travel to the medieval city of Gondar. Nothing earthbound goes quickly along these roads.
17 January 2018 Distances in Ethiopia are deceiving. This is a land of spectacular but rugged landscape, much of which looks like the Grand Canyon on steroids. The reports say there are over 20k miles of roads. However, that doesn’t mean they are all paved, lit, dual lane, wide enough for trucks and buses to […]