The skies in Africa were full of stars. This was taken from our home stay on the top of a mountainous plateau in northern Ethiopia. We were the only ones on the mountain top except for a few families of monkeys. The house was built on the side of an enormous cliff. We took this photo from the other side. 😜
Even though we’re traveling, we still have deep roots. Somehow we can feel connected to our family and friends when we are thousands of miles away. And technology is a big help. We can FaceTime, Skype, or WhatsApp. But we’ve actually found that Instagram is our strongest link. People watch Sam’s stories or see our photos and feel like they’re a part of our journey. We see photos from their lives and feel connected too. So keep posting!
These camels are hauling 200 kilos of freshly mined salt from the salt flats in the northern Ethiopian deserts of Danakil. It’s an old school operation that can be lucrative but has many challenges. We met an American who was mining salt as an overly aggressive and enthusiastic spiritual escape from corporate life. He had done two days and couldn’t take it anymore. We have enormous respect for those to continue this ancient practice.
Ethiopia is the only African country to have escaped European colonialism. It’s history is as long as the humanity itself as evidenced by Lucy’s discovery. Ancient Aksum and Queen Sheba led to a wave of Judaism and ties to ancient Israel before Christianity took center stage. This place is like nowhere else on the planet. Just wait to see more! (Photo: a priest at Debre Birhan Selassie, home to glorious frescoes)