Sheraton Addis Hotel to Host Art of Ethiopia 2011

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Sheraton Addis Hotel to Host Art of Ethiopia 2011

(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 6) Art of Ethiopia 2011 will be exhibiting nearly 400 works of art from 43 of Ethiopia’s leading established artists from August 26-29, 2011 at the five-star Sheraton Addis Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in the elegant Lalibela Grand Ballroom from 10am-10pm, with entrance being complimentary. In addition to the well-known artists’ work, which will be on display, guests will also get the opportunity to view the works of some exciting new talents showcasing the future of Ethiopian art. With the superb and...

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People Watching in Axum, Ethiopia

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Ethiopia’s people walk the dusty streets of Axum like characters from sun-bleached pages of a biblical picture book. I catch them in mid-stride, fetching water, going to church and carrying wood. The town is big, but almost everybody is traditionally dressed. Dignified elders sit on street benches and swat flies with horse-hair brushes, their respectable heads wrapped in white turbans. Most women have exactly the same hairstyle, regardless of age, and that is what mostly makes them look like old illustrations. I try to look...

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Visiting the Simien Mountains with the King of Africa

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His eyes are in the shade of massive brows. A ridged muzzle, small angular nostrils, and a round jaw with the top lip curling back suddenly to expose sharp fangs set in wide pink gums. If I didn’t know better I’d be convinced his get-up is skillfully sewn of lion skins, so splendid is his costume, from mane to tuft. A cocked fur hat, and on his chest — a bleeding heart, set right in the middle, like a triangular amulet or a medal of honor, to complete the ensemble. I sat among them (and some cattle) on the hills of the...

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Gondor’s Tresure in Ethiopia

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It there was one church that won my heart in Ethiopia, it was the Debre Birhan Sellassie of Gondor. Stepping into it was like stepping into a children’s biblical storybook. Angels adorn the roof and pillars of this truly divine dwelling, while every single other holy character is depicted on the walls in fading, though still very vivid colors. Its keeper is a frail but tough old monk with an exquisite ability to catch rare sunlight rays in a tiny dimmed room full of saints. He took pride in keeping the key to this treasure, asked for...

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Birds, Poachers, and Twitchers in Ethiopia

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Sometimes, it seems like Ethiopia is all lakes, birds, and monasteries. Dirty swimming water and organized religion I can do without, but after seeing a silvery-cheeked hornbill I doubt that I could keep living my life and not become a serious twitcher – a bird-watcher who tries to spot as many rare varieties as possible. My new found obsession with birds reached its peak when I spotted a man selling lovebirds in a wire cage on the side of the road. These green parakeets are extremely sensitive wild fowl that does not belong in a cage,...

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The “You” Calls of Ehtiopia

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“You! YouyouYOUyouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!” There is a reason every travel report from Ethiopia comes back with the same general complaint. The call of the youcalls (a nickname coined by Russian hitchhikers late in the last century) will ring in your ears the entire stay in the country. Farangas are rare in most of Ethiopia and they seldom stop to socialize (which I am always happy to do), especially if they are in their own vehicle. When one does stop, children, and more rarely teenagers, will flock to you, screaming for your attention,...

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Sof Omar, Ethiopia

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Never go caving with a whiner – he’ll scare off all the bats. I entered Sof Omar cave with a mandatory guide in tow – a teenager in a leather jacket. As soon as I turned the corner my respectable guide began whining. Was I going to give him a tip? How much? “A tip,” I said, “is determined by how well a job is done,” and he, my guide, is already not doing a very good job. At that he turned away. “You are an evil woman,” I heard him curse. I wouldn’t have gotten far with this guy if only my own...

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Bale Mountains

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Just as the little bastard had probably planned it, only a few kilometers later I’ve discovered that the basket of berries he sold me was half full with banana leafs. Cursing aloud, but smiling inside, I had admit to myself that it was kind of clever and my own fault for not checking. I was on my way to the Bale Mountains. African scenery is often monotonous and rarely overwhelming with few exceptions like the red dunes of Sossusvlei or Amboseli marshes with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background. Bale weren’t mind blowing, but there...

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Love Ethiopia

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Ethiopia is one of the most interesting, memorable, and difficult countries in Africa, and I’m happy to say I was in love with it at first sight. The countryside is lovely. I never knew if the subject of my next spontaneous rural shot will give me a big smile and then come see what’s on the screen, or will bend down for a rock. On that note – tired looking women with enormous heaps of straw, grass, and wood strapped to their backs, are surprisingly agile and have excellent aim! My camera here caused the usual fuss – whole...

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More than Coffee in Ethiopia

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Legend has it that 3,000 years ago, in the mountains of Ethiopia, a peasant first noticed the hyper-activeness of his goats after they nibbled on certain red berries. He plucked a handful for the monks in his village, who dismissed the berries as sinful and cast them into the fire. Later, the sizzling scent of roasting beans proved too great a temptation, and the monks rescinded their earlier declaration. Voila—the birth of coffee. Many generations later, coffee has grown into Ethiopia’s greatest export. Coffee comprises 60% of the countries...

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Ethiopia Travel Information

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Land Ethiopia covers an area more than the size of France and Spain combined, and nearly twice the size of Texas. About 65 per cent of the land is arable, with 15 per cent presently cultivated. Climate There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September. Topography Ethiopia has an elevated central plateau varying in height between 2,000 and 3,000 meters. In the north and centre of the country there are some 25 mountains whose peaks rise over 4,000 meters. The most famous...

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Seat Sale to Addis Ababa

Posted by on 2:39 pm in Announcements, Ethiopia News | 0 comments

May 24, 2007 – Ethiopian Airlines today launched a “Last Minute Seat Sale to Addis Ababa” with roundtrip airfares from the United States to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from $1,274.00. These incredible airfares are available June 1 through 15, 2007 from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Travelers from all across the U.S. can take advantage of these great fares. Fares from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami, and Houston to Addis Ababa start at $1,351.00. Fares from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver,...

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“Vanishing Cultures” with Smithsonian Journeys

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Washington, DC, October 31, 2006 – Tracing a legendary journey to the most fascinatingly different peoples and pockets of cultural diversity in some of the world’s most splendidly isolated places takes time, inside access and imagination – all three of which will be in generous supply on Smithsonian Journeys’ epic adventure: “Vanishing Cultures Around the World” private jet expedition, September 29 – October 20, 2007. From the Sami nomads of Finnish Lapland to the wandering tribes of the Mongolian Steppes to the Naxi matriarchs of China’s...

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TCS-Expeditions World’s Great Faiths

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SEATTLE, WA – When Jennifer DuBois, vice president of operations at TCS Expeditions read the book “Geography of Religion,” published by National Geographic, she was determined to create a quest that would allow travelers to explore and experience the world’s great faiths. TCS Expeditions, known for its creative and one-of-a kind expeditions, began planning the first-ever, private-jet journey that would explore five great faiths of the world: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism. TCS not only used “Geography of Religion” as its...

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Tours to Ethiopia

Posted by on 9:54 pm in Announcements, Ethiopia News | 0 comments

ORLANDO, September 12, 2006 – Sophisticated travelers, adventure seekers and heritage tourists have long sought out Ethiopia as a land of magic, history and culture. It can be claimed that Ethiopia is the birthplace of civilization. The remains of “Lucy”, a three and a half million year-old woman were discovered there. Also, many religious scholars believe that Ethiopia is home to the Ark of the Covenant. And when you realize that there are thirty nine different references to Ethiopia in both the Old and the New Testaments, it can be no...

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