Ethiopia, April-May 2012:

Mekele-to-Lalibela-to-Debark trek (page 1 of 17)

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Town of Mekele:
The capital of Tigray is now a modern bustling city, with a new university

Obama super market in Mekele:

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

Abraha Castle Hotel in Mekele:

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

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)

Final packing

(on the beautiful terrace of Abraha Castle hotel)

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Leaving Mekele on a dusty road

Tigrayan woman:

Between Mekele and WP #2

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Rest stop at small river between Mekele and WP #2

Aloe vera:

Among its many uses, it is said to result into tasty lamb when added to sheep food.

Between Mekele and WP #2:

Across rural Tigray houses are built with stones without cement.

Asking for directions

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Woman and girls at WP #2 (Melber)

Houses at WP #2

Leaving WP #2

Between WP #2 and #3


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