Northern Ethiopia

Bahir Dar is home to the Blue Nile Falls, Lake Tana (Ethiopia’s largest lake) and many centuries old churches and monasteries on both the islands and peninsulas of Lake Tana.  The Zege Peninsula is home to the strongest coffee I have ever consumed.  Tim and I had a weekend get-a-way here earlier this year and despite his hate for travelling in places where you are likely to get pick pocketed, I think Tim secretly had as much fun as I did…Here you can read about our weekend.

View from the highest point of the island which is home to Entos Eyesu Monastery.

 I spent Ethiopian Christmas in Lalibela.  Ethiopian Christmas is on 6 and 7 January.  At this time of year tens of thousands of people from all over Ethiopia make the (sometimes very long) journey to Lalibela for the church celebrations.  On the night of the 7th everyone stays at the church where they pray and partake in the night-long ceremonies and celebrations.  Lalibela is the second most holy place in Ethiopia and is home to the monolithic rock hewn churches which are known from documentaries and travel books all over the world.  These rock hewn churches were also declared a UNESCO World Heritage sight in 1978.  You can click here to read about the time I spent there earlier this year.

Me at Beta Giyorgis in Lalibela

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