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Old Posted Apr 15, 2013, 5:39 PM
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ETHIOPIA (1): The Journey South

This is the first part of a trip I took to Ethiopia in January. It was also my first time in Africa. Ethiopia is a great and fascinating country. I grew up in the era where all you ever heard about the country was the famine, and my childhood was full of images of extreme starvation in Ethiopia. I think this has previously affected my (and lots of peoples) image of the country at a whole. However, having eaten some delicious Ethiopian food in London, I researched the country more, and discovered it to be a truly fascinating place. It is the birthplace of humankind for a start. It is also the only African nation that wasn’t colonised by Europe (it came close but valiantly fought off the Italians). Ethiopia has a very strong and unique culture unlike anywhere else on the planet. They live according to their own time and calendar. They have a very strong and ancient form of Christianity known as Ethiopian Orthodox, which has brought with it ancient relics and monuments, all very much worth seeing (mostly in the north, which I will deal with in later threads). In addition, most of the country is lush, with stunning hills and mountains. A far flung reality from the scorched earth and starving children many people still associate with Ethiopia.

Part 1 of my trip cover the journey south from the capital, Addis Ababa. Most photographs are taken in the town of Arba Minch, Lake Chamo, Dorze, Konso and Jinka. The last stop, Jinka, is the main town in the incredible Omo Valley. The rest of the valley will be covered in subsequent threads. Anyway, without further ado….










































































































































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Fantastic thread!

Ethiopia is definitely among the countries I want to visit in the near future. What a fascinating mix of landscapes, culture, people and wildlife.
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Great pics. I'm guessing the orangish beverage is of the spirituous type.
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Fascinating for sure!

I'm a little confused though because every Ethiopian I've ever met has been very light skinned and almost looked Arabic. Maybe they're from a different region of Ethiopia?
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Amazing pictures. Ethiopia is such a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing.
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TexasPlaya: It is honey wine, the local alcoholic beverage. It doesn't taste great but does the job.

armstrong: Yes indeed, that is the north. They do look quite Arabic up north, and the culture is fairly similar too. There is a large influence from the nearby Arabian peninsular. Stay tuned for my later thread when i visit the north. Down here you are close to Kenya.
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TexasPlaya: It is honey wine, the local alcoholic beverage. It doesn't taste great but does the job.

armstrong: Yes indeed, that is the north. They do look quite Arabic up north, and the culture is fairly similar too. There is a large influence from the nearby Arabian peninsular. Stay tuned for my later thread when i visit the north. Down here you are close to Kenya.
Oddly enough, that stuff makes it look like they're drinking Orangina, mainly because of the shape of the bottles!

But damn, nice thread. Very nice!

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Spellbinding. Planning on a trip to East Africa next year. This was inspiring. Thanks so much.
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This thread is too good!
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Gotta love the extra attention you gave to the landscapes and people. Beautiful thread!
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Damn, that was good.
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beautiful photos! what camera did you use?
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Wonderful country with wonderful photography!
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I've always been fascinated by Ethiopia myself, so this thread is much appreciated. Good work too. Looking forward to more, especially the cities.
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Great thread! We don't see a lot of Africa here.
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I take it your not a Costa Del Sol type of guy . Fantastic tour, well done looking forward to part two.
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Loved this thread. I love that one town with the painted tire in the dirt with the gorgeous mountain backdrop! So exotic looking, I just wanted to jump right in to that pick. And the food looked tasty as well.
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Spectacular photography! Thanks for showing the beauty of Ethiopia and its people. Wonderful landscapes.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain!
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Awesome thread. They look happy and cool drinking that juice.
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aaaw, Ethiopian food

Like the others I've always thought (and met) Ethiopians who looked very different, more Arab and fine featured but yeah there are a million different ethnicities in every African country. Did you go into Eritrea?

Yep Ethiopia is proper Old World, with its own architectural styles, culture, religion and language untouched by colonialism (400,000 died defending the country) but adversely suffering alot from postcolonialism. Its one of those places unlike any other in the world. The booming population may one day make it the second biggest country in Africa (278 million by 2050); remains to be seen whether it will ride the economic wave or sink under inequality and oppression. Good luck to it, it deserves better for such a defined culture.
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