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Ethiopia is a land of astonishing natural beauty offering all sorts of landscapes scenery ranging from semi desert steppe to afro-alpine highlands soaring as high as 4,620 meter above sea level. Its scenery, natural beauty and the majestic natural beauty and wonders of the land, the range of fauna and flora, the wild animals, the multifarious cultural colors and the history and culture of the people, their wisdom, tolerance and hospitality that made Ethiopia breathtakingly beautiful.

Only in Ethiopia you will find yourself dramatically transported back in time through the participation in sacred rituals of an archaic faith. Among its important sites are the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the obelisks of Axum are known worldwide for their architectural beauty and mesmerizing history. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

Facts

  • Ethiopia founded in 980 B.C., Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in the world.
  • Ethiopia is one of the only two nations in the world that was NEVER In case you were wondering, Russia is the other country.
  • Ethiopian calendar has 13 months and it is 7 ½years behind the Gregorian calendar. The 13th month has only five days, or six in a leap year. New Year in Ethiopia starts on 11th September and a day later in a leap year.
  • Ethiopians measure time from when the sun rises and count time on the opposite side of the clock.
  • There are over 80 different languages spoken in Ethiopia.
  • The legendary Ark of the Covenant, the relic said to hold the 10 Commandments, is claimed to be housed in a church in Ethiopia.
  • Ethiopia is the only country in Africa with its own alphabet.
  • The oldest fossil skeleton of early human was discovered in Ethiopia.
  • Lucy, a human fossil believed to have existed over 3 million years ago, was found in the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia in 1974.
  • Ethiopian Abebe Bikila was the first African to win gold in the Olympic Games on a barefoot.
  • Ethiopia is the birthplace of Pan-Africanism also known as United Africa. Hailed by Emperor Haile Selassie I, it led to the birth of the African Union.
  • Ethiopia’s Gelada baboon is not a baboon but is, in fact, a monkey that is the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates.
  • Coffee was discovered in this country, in Kaffa region.
  • Ethiopia is considered the originator of Honey wine, or ‘’t’ej’’, which the rest of the world knows as mead.
  • In Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley, scarification serves, as a distinction for brave warriors for men and, for women, the raised texture of the scarred skin is considered highly desirable and sensual.

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My First Impressions of Ethiopia My first distinct memory of Ethiopia is standing on a cliff in the Simien Mountains, looking down at tiny highland villages dotting the valley on one side, vast green farm land on the other, volcanic mountains surrounding me, and thick-billed white-headed ravens flying above. I’m in the heart of Africa,...
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Travel to Ethiopia: First Impressions When I was growing up, I remember Ethiopia having a long run on the nightly news. Unfortunately newscasts all pointed to the grim. Newsreel images featured fly-ridden babies with distended bellies, drought-ruined landscapes and a ravaging famine made only worse by civil war. Sounding familiar?   This is Ethiopia? Yes....
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