Words, even photos, cannot adequately do justice to the views, the huge skies, the sheer unspoilt vastness of this amazing landscape. Not to mention the fascination of a different culture being played out in front of our eyes through the coach windows.
|sorghum growing in foreground|
|everywhere children follow us - friendly and smiling|
but they always want pens and money!
We pass fields of Sorghum from which the local "firewater" is made.
We are driving along a tarmac road, very good in stretches, sometimes in the process of being laid. Johannes tells us this is being built by the Chinese and that this for various reasons brings resentment from the local populace.
Our driver spots a crane on a rock by a river as we drive across, but he has flown away by the time we stop.
|harvesting the tef|
|our group "enjoying" the local brew!|
To get to the tef field we walk carefully around fields of the Ethiopian sunflower - it is much smaller than the European variety, and very prickly, but still an important source of oil and seeds. The crop looks scant, the earth parched, but the tef seems to be thriving better. This area has to contend with serious soil erosion in the rainy season when the water turns brown with the silt, much of which ends up in
and the Mediterranean.
Even at the end of the latest rainy season some of the rivers seem pitifully low.
|see the woman collecting water from a|
scant river supply
It's a one and a half hour drive followed by a long walk and climb - 195 steps in all - up to the Yemrehane Monastery - but a visit not to be missed...