What can I say about Lalibela. For me it was a magical place, which had an incredible energy, similar to Abu Simbel (Egypt), the Taj Mahal (India)) or Machu Pichu in Peru. It is a unique town in the world, it doesn´t seem like this is in Africa, but rather like you are on another planet. The churches are unique and the streets are amazing, the location is fantastic and so I can not say much more, just take a look at these pictures taken with all my love and if one day you can go do not miss it for anything in the world, it is worth it. In another entry I have written about the churches and this is dedicated to Alfonso Navarro Tappero , my teacher and I visited this place in 2004, but that does not matter because it is still the same. You will surely like it.
Ethiopia is divided into two areas, north and south. In the north are the cities, palaces, castles and churches and south are the tribes. If the North is a wonderful the south is too. Inyou will foind the north are the churches of Lalibela and in the south that of the Mursi Tribe. This warrior tribe long ago discovered the "pay-per-photo" system. Whilst other tribes normally charge a birr per photo, thanks to the Germans and Americans they charge 10, extortionate. The Mursi know they are the most photogenic, especially the dishes that women wear on their lips which slowly stretch the lip out and they then put on a bigger dish. We arrived, took a few photos and left as quickly as posible. They got a bit aggressive because we were not willing to pay what they wanted for the pictures. Anyway, here are some of the potos I could get, for you all to see. By the way, not all Mursi women wear dishes. Some of themhere simply paint ethnic designs.
Jinka is a typical village in southern Ethiopia. It is the starting to visit the Mago National Park and the Mursi tribe-one of the most spectacular in southern Ethiopia. It is located halfway between Arba Minch and Turmi. It is a village located in the mountains and is very green, with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. These thunderstorms, however, bring rain for five minutes, after which the sun shines again.
Omo valley ethiopia is really unique place with oldest tribe's of Ethiopia living very primitive way of life. These tribal communities lived for generations in nearby the shore of the mighty Omo river. They have managed to keeping their traditions and unique way of life to be witnessed nowhere on the planet we all share despite the continuous aggression of the outside influence.
There are quite a number of fascinating cultural activities throughout the year to be experienced by culture wanderers with activities including: Bull Jumping pre-marriage rite of passage into adulthood, weekly colourful market days, mass events of 'DONGA' stick fighting and "KA'EL" festival of "THE FATS CEREMONY" which marks the beginning.