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 […]

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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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