Traveling to Ethiopia? I got some tips for you. I left Ethiopia with plenty of stories to tell; stories about bag slashers and pickpockets, about rabid dogs, and about life in Ethiopia in general. There are also stories about crazy landscapes and unbelievable marvels.
Visiting Gonder and Lalibela in Ethiopia (and The Problem With Expectations)
From Addis to Lalibela to Gonder. I wasn’t impressed with the rock-churches of Lalibela, but surprisingly found myself enjoying Gonder and its castles.
Vegetarian in Ethiopia? The majority of Ethiopians are Orthodox Ethiopians who don’t eat meat on Wednesdays and Fridays. On these days, non-meat fasting food can be found easily in restaurants.
Danakil Depression in Ethiopia turned out to be one of the most colorful, alien, and beautiful landscapes I’d ever seen. There’s nothing else quite like it on this earth.
Looking into the bowel of Erta Ale lava lake was like staring at the surface of the sun.
How and where do I begin to describe the things I saw when I visited Danakil Depression, ‘the hottest place on Earth’? “Amazing” or “breath taking” doesn’t seem to cut it. It’s too pedestrian. “I must be dreaming because I can’t quite possibly see what I’m seeing right now” is more like it.
One of the most difficulty countries I’ve traveled to, I have a strong suspicion that Ethiopia wants to get rid of me. Let’s start the story from the very beginning.