Archaeological Bucket List: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

This was the major reason I was in Ethiopia. I usually find travel top 10, top 50 lists silly, but I still look at them anyway. When I encountered 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime on the Huffington Post, I saw Lalibela listed at number 17. I had never heard of Lalibela or really even Ethiopia as a travel destination. People go to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Egypt, and so on. Who goes to Ethiopia?

Them more and more I researched, the more I discovered that Ethiopia has possibly the most amazing historic sites on the African continent. I had to see the famous Rock Churches of Lalibela. … More Archaeological Bucket List: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Celebrating Timkat in Gondar: Ethiopia’s Reknowned Epiphany

A few months ago, massive protests in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia led to a state of emergency. I honestly had some doubts about visiting Ethiopia, but a few people assured me that things would be ok, and worst case, I could opt to visit other parts of Ethiopia if trouble broke out again. The truth was I really wanted to visit northern Ethiopia and with a January visit, being present for the Ethiopian Orthodox Epiphany celebration, Timkat (Sometimes written as Timket) from January 18th – 20th, was a major wish list item for me. Timket is celebrated across Ethiopia, but visitors tend to make special arrangements to be in the city of Gondar for its particularly famous festivities at the historic Fasiledas Bath. … More Celebrating Timkat in Gondar: Ethiopia’s Reknowned Epiphany