I stayed in Ethiopia for three months last year and of course I took time to discover a bit. It is a beautiful country but I only had so much time, which I tried to make the best use of. Visit Ethiopia with me through this post...
|Different types of injera|
|Tibs (meat in sauce)|
|Shekela tibs (dry grilled meat)|
|More shekel tibs|
|Injera and spinach|
|Injera and tegamino|
Unity Park - This was the first place I visited the weekend I arrived, thanks to a friend's recommendation. It is a beautiful place and is well thought out, a must do if you visit Addis. The place is a mix of fun and history. I was quite impressed with how well history was documented and preserved. Some parts were pleasant, and some not so much.
|Esther looking down from the palace entrance|
|Haile Selassie's car|
|Haile Selassie on his throne|
|There was soooo much to read. It was very informative. There was even information about King Solomon.|
Menelik on his throne
There was a lot to see, read and listen to. In one part of the building, we listened to a story of a survivor of such cruelty. His story was so sad and moving. All this happened in a dungeon that was once a wine cellar, that was striking! The wine cellar became a detention place where so many atrocities were committed. A good part of the story happened in this dungeon.
|The walk way into the wine cellar|
|Esther and I listening to a survivor's moving story|
Unity park also has a zoo, was nice to see the animals.
National Museum of Ethiopia - The national museum of Ethiopia holds the history of Lucy! The taxi driver called the place Lucy, my friend thought that was the name of the area, but I knew what he was referring to 🙂
|Ada and one of our history finds|
|This was in the garden but there was no one we could ask what the story behind was|
|The National museum garden|
Trips outside Addis Ababa:
Entoto Park - Entoto park, located on Mount Entoto, takes up about 50 hectares in the forests around Addis Ababa. It is about 20km from Addis Ababa, but took us an hour and 20 minutes to get there because we ran into some traffic.
The park is at an altitude of 2600 to 3200 metres, and has 10km of roadway for cycling, and 13km for hiking.
|The walk way|
|Overlooking Addis Ababa|
|These love signs were on the way out|
Tigray - Tigray is beautiful, mountainous, lush and the road network is great! Although it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. When I was going there, I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at how developed the place was.
|The airport in the capital of Tigray - Mekelle|
There is much more to what we see and so much goes on behind the scenes, it's sad. The result of war/conflict is that innocent people suffer for causes they have no part in. People are slowly trying to rebuild their lives, but there is so much underlying tension and fear.
I was so impressed by the cobble stone streets. Although the factories got destroyed with the conflict, they said 'they will be built again', I found that people were very resilient and determined.
It's interesting how you note differences in different parts of countries. Horses are used to transport goods a lot in Tigray. It is normal to see horses with carts and people. We saw the same in Bishoftu.
In Tigray, the Adwa mountains represent a core part of history for Ethiopians. Italian troops came up from behind these mountains to try to take over the country to colonise them, but Ethiopian soldiers defeated them and thwarted their plans of colonialism.
|Took this photo of the Adwa mountain from a moving car|