June 11, 2008


I'm also going to Ethiopia.  Fun facts from Wiki:

·        Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, Kenya to the south, Somalia to the south-east and Djibouti to the north-east.


·        Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world.  Ethiopia has yielded some of humanity's oldest traces, making the area important in the history of human evolution.


·        It is not certain how old the name Ethiopia is; its earliest attested use is in the Iliad , where it appears twice, and in the Odyssey, where it appears three times.   Its english name is thought to be derived from Greek words meaning 'of burned face'.


·        Sometimes Christianity in Africa is thought of as a European import that arrived with colonialism, but this is not the case with Ethiopia. The Kingdom of Aksum was one of the first nations to officially adopt Christianity.


·        Islam in Ethiopia dates back to the founding of the religion; in 615, when a group of Muslims were counseled by Muhammad to escape persecution in Mecca and travel to Ethiopia.


·        The best known Ethiopian cuisine consists of various vegetable or meat side dishes and entrees, usually a wat, or thick stew, served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread.  One does not eat with utensils, but instead uses injera to scoop up the entrees and side dishes.


But what I really want to do in Ethiopia is:

-Purchase the soft white cotton scarves with colorful embroideries

-Eat authentic Ethiopian food



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