Visit Ethiopia, One of the most underrated countries in the world
Lonely Planet writer Katharina Kane blazes a trail through Ethiopia, a country more well-known for its droughts and desolation than its awesome tourist drawcards. Her journey begins in Harar with a drug-fuelled all-night trance vigil in the holiest Islamic city in Africa, and ends among thousands of Orthodox pilgrims on the shores of Lake Tana paying homage to a woman who tried to save the soul of the devil. Along the way she gets an insight into the courting rituals of the fearsome Afar nomads, goes in search of a three million year old ancestor and meets a septuagenarian gent carving a church out of rock armed with nothing but a pickaxe.
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Interview with Tesfa Teshome 'International Tourism Expert' for Ethiopia at the World Travel Market 2009