Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

-Ethiopian Proverb-

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Just the Facts Part Two!

The other day I wrote about some of the more sobering facts regarding the hardships the people of Ethiopia face on a daily basis. What I want to present to you today is the other side of Ethiopia, a country that is diverse, beautiful, interesting, and dynamic. So here goes nothing!

Did you know that Ethiopia. . .

Follows the Julian calendar, which comprises twelve months of thirty days each and a thirteenth month of five days (or six days in a leap year). The calendar is seven years and eight months behind the Western (Gregorian) calendar with Christmas being celebrated on January 7 and New Year on September 11?

Does not adjust for Daylight Savings?

Has an official language called Amharic?

Is the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant?

Was the birth place of the Queen of Sheba?

Was never colonized or conquered except once by the Italians?

Is the source of the Nile River?

Is home to "Lucy" the skeleton of the oldest human being?

Is home to the Mursi tribe, one of the fiercest in Africa, famous for the women wearing lip-plates? They used the lip-plates to protect themselves from slave-traders and began the practice in order to appear less attractive to those who might capture and sell them.

Is a land of lush green pastures and meadows, thick forests, and plentiful lakes?

As you can see, Ethiopia is a fascinating country full if interesting places, people, and traditions. One good thing that I can see coming out of us taking two trips there is that Tony and I will get to spend more time exploring this unique country!

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