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    • Day1

      Visa stories

      June 10, 2022 in Ethiopia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Ok, soos gewoonlik het als op die nippertjie gebeur. Maar dis mos waar die magic in die lewe lê (maak nie saak hoe goed 'n rugby wedstryd was nie, dis daai drie ná die eindfluitjie wat mens onthou). Ek het egter al in April begin reël aan my visa maar die eerste datum wat ek kon kry vir die fisiese afspraak was 31 Mei. Maar, soos Liehet sê, trust nou die een keer wat Marise iets betyds doen dat dit verkeerd loop.
      Ek het toe nou vroeg-vroeg vanoggend deurgery Pretoria, sonder dat ek my paspoort terug het, en TLS kantore toe gegaan om te hoor of daar nie 'n plan gemaak kan word nie. Hulle sê ek moet die ambassade self bel, wat ek toe doen, maar hulle visa afdeling is net beskikbaar 13:00-13:30. So kies ek maar die ontvangs opsie en die meisie sê die visa kollega sal my terugbel. Ek ry solank ambassade toe in Pretoria, van Sandton af, sodat ek my paspoort sommer daar kan oplaai ás hulle dit betyds kan doen. Tessa, van die visas by die ambassade, bel my en probeer als gou reël en laat weet my 11:35 ek kan my paspoort gaan kry (ek moes eintlik 11:25 al op die lughawe wees). Ek gaan haal toe vinnig my visa by Tessa, wat heel opgestres is vir my part (shame) en jaag lughawe toe. Op die lughawe koop ek gou eers die medisyne wat ek belowe het om saam te vat en die Grapetisers vir Tina, want dis wat sy mis van Suid-Afrika. En ek maak al die plekke net-net en is darem uiteindelik op die vlug.
      In Etiopië loop ek vir Oros raak. Ek én hy kyk albei 3 of 4 keer of ons reg sien, maar eet toe sommer gou aandete saam voor ons weer verder vlieg. En drink seker die lekkerste mangosap ooit.
      Môreoggend land ek in Brussels en dan gaan ek na Liehet en Hendrik toe.
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      Traveler

      Loop jy sowaar iemand wat jy ken in Etihopië raak?

      6/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      Geniet al die lekkerte van reis!! Maak baaaaaie memories!!! Lekkerrrr!!!

      6/11/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      Addis Ababa

      October 18, 2022 in Ethiopia ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Addis Ababa is the capital and largest city of Ethiopia. It is a relatively young city in its current location, being found by Emperor Menelik II in the late 19th century. At first sited atop Mt. Entoto for it's defensibility, the city moved downhill, making the many hot springs more accessible. The last picture, albeit it hazy, it taken from Entoto overlooking the modern city. Entoto is now a city park.
      The 1st picture is the statue of the Lion of Judah, one of the names for the Emperor. The Solomonic Dynasty, of which Haile Selassie was the last emperor, traces it's lineage through Menelik, said to be the son of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
      The 2nd picture is Meskel Square, the main meeting place for celebrations, protests, and all manner of public activity.
      The 3rd picture is the African Union headquarters. Ethiopia was a founding member of both the League of Nations and the UN. They have been active in multinational work for a long time, and finding the AU headquarters here follows in that tradition.
      The 4th picture is of a small part of the large fabric market where all manner of clothes, from shirts to wedding dresses are made and sold.
      The 5th and 6th pictures are of the Merkato, said to be the largest market in Africa. The market has areas where particular goods are concentrated. Like the industry in the fabric market, you can probably find someone making just about anything. A large part of this industry is recycling, from rehabbing goods to recycling pretty much everything.
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    • Day2

      Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa

      October 18, 2022 in Ethiopia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, unfortunately in a major renovation at the moment, is the seat of the patriarchs of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It is here where the patriarchs are anointed and where they serve. It was built to commemorate the driving out of the Italian occupation in 1942 and replaced the former monastery church on site
      The 1st and 2nd pictures are the exterior of the cathedral from the front and then from the back.
      The next 4 pictures look at the inside of the cathedral, especially of the stained glass and artwork. If you enlarge these, you may be able to recognize biblical scenes.
      The 7th picture is the throne where His Majesty Haile Selassie sat when attending worship. There is a similar thing be for his wife. The 8th picture is the sarcophagus of Haile Selassie.
      The last 2 pictures are of other sites on the cathedral complex. 9th is the Church of the Holy Spirit. Most newer Ethiopian Orthodox churches are round or octagonal. This is an example.
      The last picture is a part of the cemetery where only people who are important to the church by and nation are interred. For example, the statue of the man with his arm raised is the winner of the marathon at the Moscow Olympics.
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    • Day25

      Traditional Culture Show

      November 10, 2022 in Ethiopia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      For my last dinner in Ethiopia, I attended a dinner with a cultural show. The show lasted almost 4 hours with singers and dancers. The intent was to share something of the many cultures that exist here. (See several other posts for some of those cultures.) Unfortunately, there was no description of which culture was represented by which dance or song.
      The 1st picture is of the instrumentalists who accompanied the show. They are all playing traditional Ethiopian instruments, albeit modified for electric pickups for amplification.
      The remaining 9 pictures are snapshots of some of the acts. I'm told the costumes reflect the culture that the song or dance is from.
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      Traveler

      A very interesting journey Skip, a fascinating country.

      11/12/22Reply
       
    • Day174

      Stinkbombe in Äthiopien ;)

      September 5, 2018 in Ethiopia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Kurz vor Abflug in Singapur hatten wir nachts noch eine Durian (Stinkefrucht) gekauft, damit Séb diese noch auf den letzten Drücker in Asien probieren kann. Doch egal wie luftdicht wir sie verpackt hatten, sie - und damit wir - stank aus allen Löchern. Wir schafften es sogar, sie durch die Flughäfen von Singapur und Äthiopien zu schmuggeln, immer etwas beschämt, weil uns eine müffelnde Duftwolke begleitete. Beim Zwischenstopp in Addis Abeba/ Äthiopien suchten wir eine menschenleere Ecke am Flughafen, doch beim Schnuppern an der Stinkbombe trauten wir uns letztendlich doch nicht diese auszupacken. 🍈🤢🙈😅

      In Nairobi, draussen vor unserer Unterkunft, war es dann soweit. Wir hielten es sogar auf Video fest, wie wir beide unsere Gesichter verzogen, als wir die Durian, auch Königsfrucht genannt, rochen und probierten. 💩🤣 Mutprobe erfolgreich bestanden. ✅
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    Ādīs Ābeba Āstedader, Adis Abeba Astedader, Addis Ababa

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