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Heidi in a Dorze Village, Lower Omo Valley

Heidi in a Dorze Village, Lower Omo Valley

The days previous to our departure for Ethiopia, we spent in Paris celebrating the 100th birthday of Gilles’ grandmother. As well covered by the media, this very weekend some European airports resembled disaster zones rather than first world transit hubs because of a few centimeters of snow. Going to Paris took us 10 hours, coming back to Vienna turned into a 35 hour journey with a night in Zurich! Continue Reading →

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Ethiopia -“Tierra Incognita”

Camel caravan carrying salt from the mines in Dallol, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia,

Camel caravan carrying salt from the mines in Dallol, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia,

We are used to our friends rolling their eyes when we spell out the next travel destination. “Colombia? But that is dangerous!” or “Mali? Where is that?” Ethiopia triggered remarks like “Why do you go there?”, “What is there to see?” or “But it is only a desert!” This country is still often associated with the horrible images of the great famine in 1985 – 1986 and the war against Eritrea. Continue Reading →

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Going Where? Facing Many Dilemmas!

Dorze people, near Arba Minch, Omo Valley, South Ethiopia

Dorze people, near Arba Minch, Omo Valley, South Ethiopia

Ethiopia was very high on our “traveling list” for some years. Besides, we were craving to go back to Africa, a continent we both love to travel. For a while, we were even contemplating to dare Eritrea, but the hassle of getting permits for every town made it undoable in the 17 days we had. Naturally, our first plan was to do the Historic Circuit, visiting the countless churches and monasteries as well as discovering the glorious past of the Abyssinian Empire in Bahir Dar, Gonder, Lalibela and Axum. This route promised an intact tourist infrastructure but little adventure. Continue Reading →

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