Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Memories of Ethiopia

Before meeting Sidamo in July, we spent a week traveling around Ethiopia and getting to know the country a little bit. We felt it was important to experience some of Sidamo's culture so we could have and pass on some appreciation for it. We both expected to like Ethiopia, but I don't think either of us had any idea we'd fall in love with the country the way we did.

We hope to take another trip to Ethiopia when Sidamo is between 8 and 10 to show him what an beautiful and proud country he comes from. In the meantime, we have our pictures.

Me and Greg above one of Lalibela's most beautiful rock-hewn churches, Bieta Giorgis.

Friendly hitchhiker outside a restaurant in Lalibela

Greg trying to break a centuries-old, one-legged stool (yes, it's designed to have only one leg)

Greg and me in the mossy trenches/passageways between churches

King Fasiladas' castle compound in Gonder


Double ditto

Tree roots that have intertwined with the stonework at King Fasiladas' baths

Some sweet farmer boys we met between Bahir Dar and Blue Nile Falls

The Portuguese bridge on the walk up to Blue Nile Falls

Another view

On the walk up to the falls (anticlimactic, I know, but I'm not including a picture of the falls themselves—they've been greatly diminished since the majority of their flow has been diverted to a hydroelectric plant. We enjoyed the journey more than the destination.)

A boy offering flowers for birr at an overlook of the town of Bahir Dar


Alicia said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!!

maia said...

Beautiful. I haven't visited in a while (hectic work schedule, not lack of interest)...glad to see some more photos from your trip!