Traveling in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is certainly one of the Africa’s most unique countries in my opinion and here’s why. First off, it’s one of only two countries in the entire continent that was never colonized by Europeans. Secondly, as one of the few African countries that boasts its own written language, is home to ancient ruins and medieval castles, and even has some high altitude mountains that top 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) with occasional snow. The mix of several religions and different tribes also gives this nation a huge diversity of culture, and with most locals quite open minded, people quickly warm up to you and you’ll have no troubles making new friends here.
Addis Ababa is one of the largest cities in East Africa. Located in the center of Ethiopia, this culturally rich city makes a great base to visit the rest of the country. Addis has lots of great restaurants to try its internationally famous food such as enjera. Addis Ababa also has some of the best museums and history in the country, namely the Derg memorial.
One of Christianity’s most holy cities is located in northern Ethiopia. Axum is filled with ancient palaces and obelisks, many of them described in the bible. The remains of Queen Sheba’s palace also exists here, as well as a church which claims to hold the Ark of the Covenant.
Gondar was home to several lines of Ethiopian Kings and holds of their castles. The Fasil Ghebbi complex is among the best and most preserved medieval castle in the entire continent. Also in Gondar is the 18th century Trinity church, one of the smallest yet most important in Ethiopia.