Since it was established in the 19th century by Emperor Menelik, Addis has had the feel of a mystical portal to an ancient world. Addis Ababa, meaning ‘New Flower’ in Amharic, is sprawling, bustling, and blessed with an agreeable climate and cloudless blue skies for 75% of the year (it’s the 3rd highest capital in the world). Read more about my explorations through Addis and ancient Lalibela’s centuries-old rock-hewn churches, showcasing Orthodox Christianity at its most raw and powerful.
The atmosphere in Luang Prabang for the most part was that of one big sleepy village. Having recently been in Bhutan, I loved this. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until recently (1975). The whole town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and you really do […]