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Ethiopian Rules Football

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An impressive lightning and thunder show rolled through Lalibela overnight but I awoke to a perfect morning. Today we drove 40 km on some of the roughest road I have ever experienced to visit the Yemrehanna Krestos church. The back of our vehicle was like being a washing machine spin cycle. After landing back in my seat after hitting yet another bump not a secong later I would be thrown in a different direction. Lucky I have a hard head! We passed through a number of villages, and espied even more remote villages high up in the mountains. After 2.5 hours of shake, rattle & rolling we arrived at our destination. Built within a natural cave, the 1000 year old Yemrehanna church was worth the rough journey.

After the church we visited a local school where I donated a soccer ball and an Aussie rules football, adorned in the bulldog colours. After a quick skills lesson which included a teaching them to chant 'Go Bulldogs' we had a good old fashioned kick to kick session in the dusty playground. The kids showed some good skills. So much so that I will have to advise the Bulldog scouts to use our international rookie spot on an Ethiopian prospect.

Next was a walk though the village where we visited a family in the traditional housing of this region, which basically is a circular straw & mud hut. The local dogs were not that friendly so after 10-15 min I was happy to move on. A thunderstorm rolled in again later in the day so a lazy late afternoon was spent in my hotel room.

Red toddler

Red toddler

Yemrehanna Krestos church

Yemrehanna Krestos church

Colouful baskets

Colouful baskets

Ethiopian Rules football team & coach

Ethiopian Rules football team & coach

Stormy sunset in Lalibela

Stormy sunset in Lalibela

Traditional Ethiopian lunch

Traditional Ethiopian lunch

Posted by adtamo 11:48 Archived in Ethiopia

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