A trip to Axum

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Tere, Penny, Chapela, Giovanni and I spent the whole weekend in Axum.  Axum is a historical city 2.30 hours from the lodge, to the west. We woke up on Saturday at 5.30 and we started our trip. The first stop was in Adwa. After a delicious breakfast we went to Selkelka (it’s pronounced Selekeleka) where we visited a typical pottery market.

We bought many items there in order to decorate the lodge. It was a little bit stressful because lots of people surrounded us and it was not easy to walk around. When we put away everything we bought at the market, there were at least 50 people surrounding the car. But the market was really interesting and we could experience a local market for local people, not for tourists. In fact, it seemed as if they were the tourists because they where the ones taking pictures of us.

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After visiting that market, we went to Axum to visit another market to buy some typical baskets for the lodge. The baskets made in Axum are very colourful and they are really nice. We spent only one hour there because all the sellers followed us trying to sell us all the things they had to sell.

After the purchases we went to the Yeha hotel, located in the historical part of Axum, next to the “baths of Queen Sabbah”, and near the Stellae, which are very important in the country. The Stellae are obelisks that were used as burial memorials. After visiting that we bought some souvenirs for our friends and families. On Sunday after having breakfast in the hotel we made the last visit and the last purchases in Axum and we came back to Adigrat.

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When we arrived to Adigrat, we received a phone call from Yiabi, the head of the housekeepers. She would like to invite us to her house to have a coffee ceremony. Wow, a coffee ceremony with local people! When we arrived to her house, we found Hellen, one of the receptionists, and Tirhas, the head of the Waitresses. They prepared the coffee ceremony for us. We could see some popcorn, oranges and bananas to eat, the coffee pot, incense, leaves….and they began to prepare it. We spent two very fun hours there talking and laughing.

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From left to right Ada, Hellen, Chapela, Teresa, Tirhas,
Yiabi, Giovanni and Penny.

 

Ada Pérez

 
  • posted by Monica | 30 November -0001, 0:00,

    Hola Ada! nena, k yo no me había dado cuenta de k se podían dejar comentarios sino ya lo hubiera hecho antes, ya te digo! xk me lo has dicho k sino…K te den un beso muy grande de mi parte y a ver si nos vemos pronto, k me ha dicho Judith k vienes el jueves.Un beso

     

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