Ethiopia

During the 8 days Rick and Wendy spent mid-September 2007 in Ethiopia, their feelings vacillated among guilt, concern, discomfort and fascination. Ethiopia has the longest, richest civil and religious history in sub-Saharan Africa yet is the poorest country they had seen to date on the continent with an annual per capita income of $120. “Starving children in Ethiopia” was both the sad past and a likely fate for the foreseeable future. Wendy and Rick toured Addis Ababa; Axum (supposedly home to the Ark of the Covenant); Bahir Dar; Gondar (where 15,000 Falasha Jews still wait to emigrate to Israel); and the famous Lalibela with its rock-hewn churches.

Ethiopia: Suspended in Ancient Times

Ethiopia

During the 8 days Rick and Wendy spent mid-September 2007 in Ethiopia, their feelings vacillated among guilt, concern, discomfort and fascination.  Ethiopia has the longest, richest, civil and religious history in sub-Saharan Africa yet is one of the poorest countries with an annual per capita income of $120.  “Starving children in Ethiopia” seemed both the […]

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Ethiopia: Lalibela’s Rock-Hewn Churches & Ancient Capital of Axum

Ethiopia

The Walleigh tour’s third stop was Lalibela, the most visited tourist  site in Ethiopia.  It is named after King Lalibela, the first of the Zagwe Dynasty in the 1600s who began the tradition of building churches hewn literally from huge boulders in the earth or on mountain-sides.  Their hotel was called Tukul Village because the […]

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2007 Walleigh Travel Journal: Living & Working in Nairobi + Traveling Eastern Africa

Africa

Dec. 3, 2007 – Still in Emotional & Physical Transit through December 5th Though we landed in California late on Nov. 18th and spent the night at 1050 Fremont, we left again 36 hours later on Nov. 20th morning.  We had been warned of culture shock when re-entering our old lives. But we’ve spent Nov. […]

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