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Addis Abeba

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I did feel quite save walking around Addis Ababa, but at one point 2 guy's did try to pickpocket me, as they where rather unprofessional that was not a problem. large_03a17d50-5a62-11e8-b801-c36de620c576.JPG
The food in Ethiopia is excellent and very different to other food.
Was then going by bus to Harar.

Posted by UliS 23:08 Archived in Ethiopia Comments (0)

Harar

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Today there is a new Chinese built train line from Addis Abeba to Djibouti, I think it has also a stop in Dire Dawa, which is a short bus ride from Harar.
Harer is a very interesting old Muslim town and was founded somtime between the 9, and 11, century and florishing in the 16, century and allmost conquered christian Ethiopia followed by a slow decline, was then conquered 1875 by egypt and in 1887 by Ethiopia. Harer lost its comercial importance with the construction of the Addis Abeba to Djibuti railway.

Posted by UliS 23:12 Archived in Ethiopia Comments (0)

Dire Dawa

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With the new railway line it might be necessary to stay overnight in Dire Dawa the African Village Hotel & Restaurant has also a good restaurant and WiFi. About 1,5 km west of the center, 800 m past the Djibouti Consulate on a street parallel to the railway line.

Posted by UliS 04:54 Archived in Ethiopia Comments (0)

Gondar

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See the Fasil Ghebbi, the remains of a royal fortified city that was founded by Fasilides, emperor from 1632 to 1667 with the Fasilides' Castle, Iyasu's Palace, Dawit's Hall, Mentewab's Palace and some other buildings.
Fasilides Bath on the other side of the town.
Debre Birhan Selassie Church on the eastern outskirts of town built in the 17. century.
Around the Atse Tewodros Square the Italiens left some Art Deco colonial buildings.
I stayed at the Belegez Pension, a decent but simple place near the bus terminal and the fortified palace. There where also good restaurants and even a kind of beer garden nearby.

Posted by UliS 05:03 Archived in Ethiopia Comments (0)

Axum

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By your ticket (about10 hours, only 1 bus per day) to Shire (where you have to change) the day before at the bus terminal in Gondar. If you have the ticket you can go in the terminal (and bus) a few minutes before the terminal opens to the general public. The bus was seconds after the terminal opened completely full. From Shire are frequent buses (1.5 hours) to Axum.
I was offered a private car for $ 75, it was not clear if minibus or something else, but with the road condition as it is the only advantage would have been to stop once in a while to make pictures.
Axum was allready known in roman times as the center of a marine trading power, its ruler converted to chrisianity around 356. In the 7. century a long decline started when the trading routes where taken over by arabs.
The most significant architectural achievement of Axum are the Stelae, up to 170 tonnes and 25 m high.

Posted by UliS 06:01 Archived in Ethiopia Comments (0)

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