21. März 2014

Ethiopia (2): Spectacular Landscapes, Stunning Beauties, Spitting Beings and Swift Stones / Äthiopien (2): Spektakuläre Landschaften, schöne Menschen, spuckende Wesen & schnelle Steine


A male Gelada in the Semien Moutains
Ein männlicher Blutbrustpavian in den Semien Mountains
A female Gelada and her baby
Ein Dschelada-Weibchen und ihr Junges
A troop of Geladas with at least 120 baboons all together
Eine große Gruppe von Blutbrustpavianen mit insgesamt mindestens 120 Tieren
Extreme climber
Extreme Kletterer
The Semiens: a perfect scenery for our 4x4 camper
Die Semiens: perfekte Kulisse für unseren 4x4-Camper




- About Gondar, Semien Mountains, Geladas & one of the most scenic routes in Africa so far -

 

Who wants getting full night sleep?

 

In Ethiopia around half of the population is Orthodox Christian, the other half is Muslim. Both churches don't have a good relationship, and the increase of the Muslims is a thorn in the Orthodox Christian church's side, which in the past had been the state church for a long time. Thus the Christian church is now peculiarly competing with the Islam by also having installed loudspeakers outside the church buildings, which are transmitting complete liturgies, clearly audible in the whole town. That takes several hours! And not only in the daytime, but also - at least at the weekend - by night. Yes, you read correctly! One night in Addis we notice four different chants, or, to be more precise, acoustic bombardements. Of course it is impossible to geeting full night sleeps. So for those who are complaining about the prayer calls of the muezzin before dawn we have the perfect tip for the next holiday destination: Ethiopia. We are pretty much sure that thereafter you too will appreciate the muezzin's call for being quite short and very well-sounding.

19. März 2014

Ethiopia (1): Spectacular Landscapes, Stunning Beauties, Spitting Beings and Swift Stones / Äthiopien (1): Spektakuläre Landschaften, schöne Menschen, spuckende Wesen & schnelle Steine

On the pass road somewhere in the Semien Mountains
Auf der Paßstraße irgendwo in den Semien Mountains
View from the plateau of the Semien Mountains NP
Blick vom Plateau des Semien Mountains National Parks
Just behind us one of the many gorges
Eine der zahlreichen Schluchten des Landes liegt direkt zu unseren Füßen.
That is how they separate the wheat/grain from the chaff.
So wird hier die Spreu vom Weizen/Getreide getrennt.
Productive land in Ethiopia
Fruchtbares Land in Äthiopien
You are not alone...
... even not for a romantic sunset
... selbst nicht für einen romantischen Sonnenuntergang

Our initial plan was to just drive into the Omo valley and from there directly into South Sudan, for Ethiopia has no good reputation - at least amongst globetrotters. Too many people along the road, stone throwing kids and an escalating obtrusive begging are the main problems you hear about. At the same time, however, the country is said to be unbelievably beautiful. In Kenya we decided to yet visit the whole of Ethiopia, because Martin had not seen all parts of the country on his first tour through Ethiopia nine years ago. And me, I was finally keen in seeing this contrastive country myself. Also: Surely it cannot be that bad, we thought as infinite optimists.