A year’s memorable moments, Ethiopia (part 2)

We were glad when we arrived back in Gondar and looked forward to do the historical route via the Simien Mountains, Aksum, Tigray, Lalibela and back to Addis. As you can remember, we had a quite nightmarish experience driving through the Simien Mountains in pouring rain through mudslides in the most terrible road conditions imaginable. The night came early and we thought we will never reach Axum alive. Ethiopia is one of those countries that you love to hate but hate not to love! It is a tiring, beautiful, mindboggling country. We thought we would never think of going back, but Ethiopia is back on our tick list for our next trip through Africa in a year or five.

The Royal Enclosure with it’s castles in Gondar was awesome

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While waiting in the bakkie for Arno who was at the bank, I took photo’s of the friendly Ethiopians in Gondar

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The woman underneath the blankets at the green door, stays there

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Terrible road conditions combined with terrible weather made this trip through the Simien Mountains treacherous and highly dangerous.  It took us 12 hours to do the about 280km drive.

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The immensely high and beautiful Simien Mountains

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Orthodox Christians on their way to church

Aksum and the atmosphere there made a huge impression

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The obelisks of Aksum

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The Church of My Lady Mary where the Ark of the Bible is supposed to be kept

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Overlooking Eritrea

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Queen Sheba’s Bath

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Bahran our wise, cute and clever guide.

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The terraces build on the mountains planted with tef

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Rock hewn churches of Tigray

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The hardworking farmers of Ethiopia

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Beautiful little girls….so happy to say hallo

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Stone houses with tef growing on the roof (Tigray)

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View towards Somalia

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Hardworking donkeys of Hawsen

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Breaking down houses stone by stone!

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Churches and mountain tops

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The never ending mountain passes through super high mountains

 

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Our crazy GPS!!

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Patchwork landscape

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Cooking in Hotel rooms (Maychew)

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Huge horns of the Ethiopian cattle

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Market in Addis

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Ethiopian New Year in Addis

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Getting ready to move again….to Kenya (Wim’s Holland House, Addis)

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Ethiopian New Years party with the Hollanders (Addis)

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The huge anthills between Ager Maryam and Moyale

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Some looking like statues

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