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Lalibela, Ethiopia
On one of our free days in Ethiopia, my brother-in-law Ryan and I visited Lalibela, a rural town of 25,000 inhabitants located in northern Ethiopia. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, and is steeped in Orthodox tradition, with churches...
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Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
If you're in Ethiopia and markets are your thing, get yourself to Bahir Dar's with a quickness. On Saturday in particular, the place is a riot of energy and has a richness of goods on offer unlike anything else we saw in the country. After we made...
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Addis Ketema, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In Addis, the non-rich are the stylish ...
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
I was invited to spend New Years Day (by the Ethiopian calendar, which falls in September) with a lovely family in Lalibela. She prepared coffee the traditional way, roasting the beans over hot coals, grinding them with a mortar and mixing in a...
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Lalibela, Ethiopia
In the northern Ethiopian city of Lalibela, extraordinary stone-craved churches dating back to the 12th century are chiseled four stories down into the earth. Certain members of the priesthood live within the boundaries of these churches, sleeping...
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10, Harar, Ethiopia
Commerce spills out of alleys and backstreets onto virtually every public space in and around Harar's medieval walled city (also known as Jugol). At the far end of the Christian Market, which is loosely centered around Showa Gate, there is a line...
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Harar, Ethiopia
Outside the vibrant walled city of Harar, Ethiopia, I spotted an Afar tribesman so striking that I couldn't keep my eyes off of him. He met my gaze with an unwavering stare so intense that I quickly lost my nerve and scuttled past him, eyes...
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The Mursi tribe live in the remote part of southwest Ethiopia. These people are part of what national geographic calls the "last frontier' and had no notion of the outside world until the seventies. They have extensive cultural features . The...