Lalibela

June 20, 2011

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The huts are, I think, part of the tourist attraction. The homes with aluminum roofs further on are not.

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Ethiopian countryside.

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Never got any information on this; there just didn’t seem to be anyone to ask. This is a ways away from the churches, so you’re kind of in the Lalibelans space there, and well, layers and layers of complexity.

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Inside the Women and Girls Empowerment Project.

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The “blue school” (see next).

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Kids in their blue uniforms on their way to school in the morning (about 7:00 a.m.). Two other schools in town had different uniform colors. The uniforms are compelling — even though they’re simple smock-like outfits, their power is plain because they say “This child is a student.” You see plenty of kids not in uniform, which also underlines their significance.

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Cape?

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Raiy Amaters Writers’ & Journalists’ Asso. Amazing.

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Morning in Lalibela, about 5:30 a.m. Some of the best hours of the whole trip.

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It wasn’t market day, so the town market was sparse. People laying out sacks of grain, plastic basins, fingernail clippers, vegetables, shoes (the shoes are endless).

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The airports in general were incredible. Lots of tourist juk for sale and as always, great macchiato.

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