I was recently informed that traditional Ethiopian flat bread, known as Injera, is gluten free (at least the way it’s traditionally made…sometimes it’s mixed with wheat flour so you have to clarify first). This got me excited about eating Ethiopian food because I’m all about finding bread that I can eat as well as trying different cuisines from around the world. Since I’m lucky enough to live in the diverse melting pot that is Southern California, I’m happy to report that there are more than a few Ethiopian restaurants I can visit in order to satisfy my curiosity. While I will certainly be doing that in the near future, it also got me thinking about visiting Ethiopia as a travel destination. The more I look into it, the more my interest is piqued and I want to visit someday.
For now, let’s take a look at some of the things that make this East African country beautiful, unique, and worthy of a visit…
Images courtesy of some awesome Instagrammers.
My new favorite cuisine in the world – Ethiopian! Following their orthodox Christianity traditions, locals in Ethiopia eat fasting food – no animal products – for almost 200 days a year. So as a vegan / vegetarian, you can walk into any resto in the country, ask for fasting food and be assured a feast. This is the most common – a fasting beyaynetu – a spread of fasting dishes (including mashed chickpeas, lentils, loca spinach, things whose names I don't remember), served on injera (made of a local super grain called teff). When sharing a meal, everyone digs in together. The food is incredibly delicious, yet protein packed and healthy. As a traveling vegan, I've definitely been very spoilt in Ethiopia. Ethiopian food outside the country is just not the same! And you, what's your favorite cuisine?
#Throwback short hike from 2800m to 3300m above sea level, but with the altitude it takes a few breathes more 🇪🇹 . . #SimienMountains #hikingEthiopia #canyons #Ethiopia #passionpassport #ethiopiatravel #asiantraveller #theluxenomad #glamping #natgeotravel #natgeoAfrica #unesco #unescoworldheritage #travelandleisure #thegaypassport #exoticAfrica #travelguide #luxafrique #AsianInAfrica #atameo #instaboy #thegayde #instatraveling #tropout #theoutwanderer #traveling_channel #outandabout #guyswhotravel #travellikeanomad
In primavera migliaia di etiopi di fede islamica si danno appuntamento in un sperduto villaggio sulle montagne di Bale (foto di Daniela Scapin) per partecipare alla festa in onore di Sheick Hussein, un santo musulmano sufi. Sulla Rivista Africa abbiamo pubblicato un reportage sul pellegrinaggio. Ora è tempo di scoprirlo dal vivo. Sono aperte le iscrizioni al viaggio, partenza il 7 marzo, per vivere questo evento grandioso in un angolo sconosciuto e sorprendente dell'Etiopia, intriso di spiritualità e di fascino. www.ethiopiatravelsandtours.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/SHEICK-HUSSEIN.pdf #africarivista #etiopia #ethiopia #scheickhussein #medirtour #ethiopiatravel
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Confession: I've never been good at relationships. From kindergarten to class 2, I had only one friend and hardly talked to anyone else. For most of my pre-teen years, I had only one favorite relative and hardly spoke beyond a few syllables to anyone else 🙈 As I grew up, I realized that making small talk comes harder to me than most people. As do relationships; I hate the burden they come with – the expectations, the dependence, often times the hypocrisy. But I'm eternally grateful for the anonymity the road offers, where mostly as an observer, I've been learning much about the baffling nature of relationships. Observing my newfound friends in the Simien Mountains had me catching up on this line of thought. Genetu and Indak met each other about the same time as they met me, and over the course of three days, as we hiked and I often sought recluse into myself and the mountains around, I saw them grow from quiet acquaintances into friends with endless banter. By the time we were saying goodbye, they were hatching plans to hike into unknown mountain trails! As for me, I've become so used to saying goodbye and gradually falling out of touch, that anything else feels strange ✈️ . And you, any confessions to share? 😉
Have you been to Ethiopia? Would you like to go?