By Far, 2017…

By far my most adventurous year to date has been 2017. I traveled to 17 new countries that year. Here’s a look back on the people I met and the places I visited. Sadly, I also lost my cousin that year.

Just Dates?

1979: I was born on the same day, October 9, that historians agree Hanguel, the Korean language, was proclaimed in 1446, which was also the day on which Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara de la Serna was assassinated by Bolivian agents working under the order of the US CIA, in 1967. 1985: I took my first Tae…

2017 … So Far

I had been working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia since August 2016. I hadn’t been to the capital city, Riyadh, yet. However, things soon changed for me. Dammam is only a thirty minute car ride from Bahrain. On weekends I made my way to Bahrain’s capital city, Manama.   In late January I took a trip…

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…

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…

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 oldest…