|"Hey ... any of you guys got any Imodium?"|
Gelada baboons are pretty racist, I have to report. They will let you sit within 5 feet and totally ignore you if you are a tourist (and therefore harmless). When locals walk by, though, they scurry away nervously. They know the locals don't like 'em.
|"Mum! Mum! Mum! Mum!"|
Geladas live in the Simien Mountains. Ethiopia is very well endowed with mountains indeed, and gobsmackingly scenic:
Other major national resources include dust, donkeys (more than any other country except China) and churches:
|Yes, this is where they keep the Ark of the Covenant. As you can see, the roof leaks.|
|It was pointed out that I'd have have been fine if I'd slept with someone else's spouse...|
Ethiopia is absolutely saturated with (Christian Orthodox) religion. It is all-pervasive. At 4 in the a.m. they kick off three-hour sung services which are broadcast by loudspeaker all over town.
|And that's why the priests pass out during the afternoon|
|My favourite archangel, Uriel. |
He carries a chalice in which he caught the blood of Christ. Okay, I so need to use that in Book 2...
This is the national fasting-food platter. Lots of spice!
|The grey pancake is "injera". Picture it as a piece of cold damp carpet-underlay.|
But Ethiopia offered plenty of surprises too!
|Ben Abeba - Scottish-African fusion. Or Dr Seuss meets The Flintstones.|
Like, not only is is still 2007 in Ethiopia ... but midday is at 6am (they count from dawn)!
And here is Sylvia Pankhurst's tomb in Addis Ababa :-D
It's like nowhere else on earth. Next Wednesday's post: rock-hewn churches and the biggest monolithic erection IN HISTORY.