Tagged with History

Rwanda: Two days; one thousand hills

Rwanda: Two days; one thousand hills

Rwanda wasn’t on my radar as a place to visit until the end of January, when I started hearing from a few friends in New York about the burgeoning tourism industry there. Rwanda still didn’t make it onto my “Must-see/go/do” list, but by the time I left in February it had been upgraded from “As … Continue reading

More of Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, and around

More of Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, and around

The highlight of my trip to Mozambique was definitely the Bazaruto excursion, but I also really enjoyed visiting the capital city, Maputo, and the beautiful beaches around Inhambane. Maputo is located in the southern part of the country, on the coast. In some ways, it’s similar to other African cities that I’ve visited: bustling markets; … Continue reading

Mountain of the gods

Mountain of the gods

The Tsodilo Hills are located in a remote part of northwest Botswana, in the Kalahari Desert and near the Namibian border. Archeological excavations of the Hills and the area surrounding them indicate that Tsodilo’s human history dates back at least 100,000 years. The main inhabitants have been the !Kung and Hambukushu people, who consider Tsodilo … Continue reading

Killing time on the Kenyan coast

Killing time on the Kenyan coast

In between Juliet leaving Nairobi and Daniel arriving in Nairobi, I had about a week to spend in Kenya, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. On the recommendation of Juliet, her friends, and a kind-of-obnoxious-but-seemingly-very-knowledgeable-about-Kenya woman I met on a plane, I decided to head for the coast. Only-in-Africa Beach-Vacation-Planning … Continue reading

A little more Lalibela

A little more Lalibela

Juliet and I arrived in Lalibela on Good Friday, and went straight to the main cluster of churches, where we saw a sea of white shawls spilling out of the churches and dotting the ledges above. The churches are carved into the mountains and surrounded by narrow passageways and oddly-shaped crevices and then, when you … Continue reading

Axum: History, yes; ATMs, no

Axum: History, yes; ATMs, no

Axum (or Aksum — as with many languages that we transliterate, we found that there often isn’t just one correct spelling for places in Ethiopia) is a small city in Tigrai, the northernmost region of Ethiopia, near the Eritrean border. Tigrayans are ethnically the same as Eritreans, and their first language is Tigrinya, although almost … Continue reading

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Gondar

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Gondar

The ride to Gondar was only about 2.5 hours from Bahir Dar by car, which was a nice change from the previous day’s long bus ride. Highlight: stopping at a market and watching Juliet expertly negotiate a good price for half a cow skin, including some scraps for me. Bahir Dar is known for animal … Continue reading

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Bahir Dar

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Bahir Dar

After a few days in Addis Ababa, Juliet and I started our real Ethiopian adventure with a ten-hour bus ride to Bahir Dar. This is a rough breakdown of how we spent the time: Lunch & bathroom breaks — 1 hour Sleeping — 3 hours Watching Ethiopian music videos — 30 minutes Looking out the … Continue reading