Ethiopia (April-May 2012): Mekele-to-Lalibela-to-Debark trek (page 1 of 8)

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Map. (Click here to access the waypoints in Google Earth. Click on the map to get a better-resolution picture of it.)

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1. Mekele

2. Melber

3. Adigueba

4. Samre

5. Finaroa

6. Sara

7. Chakra

8. Samara

9. Mailomi

10. Sekota

11. Wouala

12 Hass

13. Hava

14 Bilbela

15. Lalibela

16 Daria Johanes

17 Mari

18 Azila

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20 Amusit

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22. Tekeze river

23. Chinamba

24. Archwa

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26. Salamiyi

27 Dorona

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30. Debark

 

View over the city of Mekele, The capital of Tigray is now a modern bustling city, with a new university.

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Obama supermarket in Mekele. President Obama is very popular across Ethiopia. Many shops, products, clothes bear his name.

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Camels in Mekele. They are still used to carry salt from the Danakil depression.

″The first camel in a caravan holds everyone up, but it is the last which gets the beating. ″ (Ethiopian proverb.)

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Abraha Castle Hotel in Mekele. This 19th-century stone castle is a bit run down for a hotel, but it has much character (unlike the recent hotels in Mekele). I had met the Ras (prince) of Mekele, governor of Tigray, at its restaurant in 1973.

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Final packing before trekking on the beautiful terrace of Abraha Castle hotel.

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Leaving Mekele on a dusty road.

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Tigrayan women.

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Between Mekele and WP #2 (village of Melber).

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Rest stop at small river between Mekele and WP #2, with Gebru and Mulat sitting in the shade.

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Aloe vera. Among its many uses, it is said to make lamb very tasty when added to sheep food.

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Between Mekele and WP #2. Across rural Tigray houses are built with stones without cement.

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Gebrehiwet (left) asking for directions.

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Woman and girls at WP #2 (village of Melber).

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Houses in the village of Melber.

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Gebru, Gebrehiwet , Mulat, and Negussie (from left to right) leaving the village of Melber (WP #2).

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Between WP #2 and WP #3 (village of Adigueba).

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At an old church between WP #2 and WP #3 on Palm Sunday.

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Caucus of men near the church.

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Beyond the church, still between WP #2 and WP #3.

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Tigrayan women.

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Bus loaded with live chickens. Before Easter, villagers sell them on markets.

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Gebrehiwet looking at a road sign. Lalibela is still far away.

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Still between WP #2 and WP #3.

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Houses and farms in the village of Adigueba (WP #3).

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Children in Adigueba.

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Woman in Adigueba.

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Food aid distribution in Adigueba.

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Well in Adigueba.

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