Category Archives: Ethiopia Trip 2011

Ethiopia 2011 Day 13

Today we set off on the worst roads we have ever driven on! After 90 minutes winding along very narrow roads through the mountains we came over a hill and saw the Genok School off in the distance. Driving closer … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 12

Today we spent the day in the car. We had to drive about 250 kilometers to get to the Mekele so we could visit our new school project tomorrow. The drive from Axum to Mekele was through a very remote … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 11

This morning we met our friends from REST (a local NGO that has helped us with all our projects at the Zata School) to discuss giving micro-finance loans to residents of the Zata community. Our first stop was a home … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 10

So the day we’ve been looking forward to has finally arrived – we are going back to the Zata School. After a two hour drive we came over the hill and could see the school on the horizon…and 1300 students … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 09

This morning we flew from Lalibela to Axum. In addition to being a possible location of the Ark of the Covenant, the city of Axum is famed for its giant granite stelae. Dating from around 300-500 AD, most the Axum … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 08

This morning was another early start. Laura and I woke up at 5:30 to go to a prayer service with our guide Terry. Today was the feast of St. Michael, so the locals were gathering at the rock church named … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 07

We left our hotel this morning at 4:30 for an early morning flight to Lalibela, a town in northern Ethiopia, known for its monolithic rock churches. Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 06

After five days in the Omo Valley it was time to start heading north towards the capital, Addis Ababa. We stopped for lunch at a local place and were greeted by children with big smiles. Throughout our drive we were … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 05

Woke up early and started the day with our new best friend – Ethiopian coffee! While making our coffee, our barista Jemal told us about himself and his family. He was married with a son (who’s name means Love) and … Continue reading

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Ethiopia 2011 Day 04

Another day on the road heading west towards Jinka. It rained all night so the roads were bumpy, muddy and a bit treacherous! Our plans for the day included visiting the largest market in the Omo Valley. All the local … Continue reading

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