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20 things you should know before traveling to Ethiopia (part 1)

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Ethiopia is a land of mysteries. The legend says that from here it was the queen of Saba who enchanted King Solomon and with whom he had a son. He was the one who stole the Ark of the covenant and took her to Ethiopia. Since then, it is guarded by monks and nobody has been able to see it.

These and other legends are part of the mythology of a country that begins to appear on the map of most demanded tourist destinations in Africa, thanks to its mixture of beautiful nature, friendly and hospitable people and an exciting historical and architectural legacy.

Last year I toured it for a month and here I leave you Some things you should know before embarking on the trip, in that magical stage that is the exciting preparation of an adventure:

1.Read “The lost roads of Africa”, by Javier Reverte

This book is part of the African trilogy of the great travel writer, Javier Reverte. Although he also speaks briefly about Sudan and Egypt, the book focuses on ethiopia. He narrates his experience in the country but mixing it with interesting chapters on its history.

The history of Ethiopia is based mostly on oral tradition, giving rise to a multitude of myths and legends that have enriched it to unimaginable levels. Reading the book will make you want to go.

2. Ethiopia is the only African country not colonized by Europeans

The untamed ethiopian warriors they always resisted being tyrannized by the western powers. Friendly people, hospitable and noble, are, in the fight, fierce, strong and brave until the end.

Arabs, Portuguese, English and Italians managed to occupy part of the territory for some years but the end, invariably, was devastating for the invading forces. The continuous Ethiopian resistance ended up exasperating foreigners until they were defeated or decided to leave.

This particularity in Africa has made them retain their own cultural legacy that is fascinating to the traveler.

3.When someone shouts "faranji!", They refer to you

Faranji it is the Amharic term (the most widespread language in the country) for the White man. You will hear it, above all, from the hundreds of children who will follow you on your journey through Ethiopia. In this case it is usually accompanied by several “money! Money!”, Waiting for you to give them some money. In any case, even if you don't, they will follow you equally. Most kids squander joy and curiosity. Be kind and open with them.

4. Learn something about football, especially from the English league

Playing football in a lost village in the Dodola Mountains

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