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Newsletter January 2018, Ethiopia


It was a gift, a birthday gift. My seventies birthday. And what to give a man who has everything? So, I asked for a contribution to go to Ethiopia. A land I just had to visit. Just like Peru a few years ago. I don’t know why, but I had to go there. There was a special tour organized by the well-known and respected travel agency called Djoser. An adventurous trip of three weeks touring all of Ethiopia, including Christmas, I mean Ethiopian Christmas, on January 7th and the Timk at Festival on January 19th.

Let me tell you something about this beautiful, strange land. The Land of Origins, Ethiopia’s official tourism motto. The Source of Humankind. The cradle of mankind. The birthplace of the wild coffee plant and the earliest development of agriculture. The beginning of the Blue Nile. The population is estimated at around 105 million. More than 70% of the population earns a living from the land. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy with exports of coffee, oil seeds, flowers, vegetables and all kinds of fruits like banana’s, corn, lentils, papayas and more. There is also a thriving livestock sector.

A land with countless churches, monasteries and chapels, all with beautiful colored drawings. And all containing a copy of the Arc of the Covenant. And maybe the original in Aksum. A land with an incredible varied landscape. An elevated central plateau varying in height between 2.000 and 3.000 meters. With huge and impressive mountain ranges and with 25 mountains, in the north and in the south, whose peaks are higher than 4.000 meters. With beautiful, vast lakes, like lake Tana. It is the water reservoir of Africa. With numerous fantastic historical heritage sights. Nine of them are official UNESCO World Heritage Sights, the highest number in all of Africa. With its many national parks, full of wildlife. With its special, independent tribes in the south. With its impressive history. With its wonderful ceremonies, like the Timkat festival. A country, the only country in Africa that has never been colonized. The figurehead of African independence. A country with a turbulent history, but also with an enormous potential to make it one of the richest countries in Africa. But it was also business. Research for my book “The life of the Earth.” For in Addis Ababa I met Lucy the oldest, or almost oldest human being of the world, a woman who lived in Ethiopia 3,5 million years ago.

Let me ‘walk’ you through this magic land, following the route we took with Djoser.

Each tab below is a day/trip of my visit. Do click on each tab to read the story and see my images.



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