ToMoCa

If you visit Addis Ababa you must try ToMoCa coffee. We did and we were pleasantly surprised, deighted, and energized after sipping our Lattes, Caramel Macchiatos, and Blacks. Check out these photos of the first Tomoca coffeehouse in Addis. It opened in 1953.

Final Hours in Lalibela

En route to the Asheten Mariam Rock Hewn Monastery this morning, I was delightfully accosted by two sisters who demanded that I wait for them to make their way up the mountain to meet face-to-face, politely shake their hands, and take their photos because they’re just too cute. I obliged. Thereafter I made my way…

Ethiopian Beauties

On Tuesday I decided not to sleep in. This was not a problem because my night’s sleep at the Panoramic Hotel was quite invigorating. I awoke and went for a city stroll that unbeknowst to me lead into a round trip six hour hike to the hilltop monastery. When my legs could take me no…

Lalibela

On Monday I visited some of the churches at Lalibela that were commissioned by Ethiopian King Lalibela after he traveled to Israel sometime around the 12th century. He sought to spread Christianity and protect the Ark of the Covenant by building a magnificent church to house the most significant religious artifact. The church was hewn…

Goodwill

It was Sunday and I had left Bahir Dar to make my way to Gondar. My driver took me across the Ethiopian flatlands for nearly four hours before we arrived at what was once the capital city more than 500 years ago. I wanted to ask my driver to stop so that I may take…

Lads of Lalibela

Today is a Monday and I am in the historic city of Lalibela. After my tour ended I returned to my hotel to get refreshed. A short time later I set out to see the city on my own.  Immediately after I exited my hotel I was accosted by four boys who wanted to walk…

Coffee Break

Touring the Alem-Faisal’s castle made me tired so naturally I stopped to have some coffee.

Ethiopia

My journey through northern Ethiopia took me to the same places Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. traveled to nearly twenty years ago to produce this documentary.   Addis Ababa The present day capital of Ethiopia is home to the resting place of the last emperor Haile Selassie, and where the bones of one of the…

Buddha Like Me

After my most recent trip to Ethiopia, I marveled at the similarities between Korean and Ethiopian culture. This is the original post:  I went to a temple today. Koreans built it around the sixth century. We drank tea, talked, and took some pictures. I saw a statue of Buddha — one that I hadn’t seen…