Little Known Fact: Ethiopia is Gorgeous

As Americans, our assumptions about Ethiopia are usually based on the famine of the 1980s we all heard about. Everyone remembers famous singers belting out “We Are the World” as scenes of dry fields and starving families flipped across the screen. In reality Ethiopia is a truly beautiful country. It’s changed tremendously in the years since the famine, but clearly the natural beauty has always been here. The areas we saw were nothing like those stark, dehydrated plains we’d anticipated. The undulating hills are filled with acacia trees and eucalyptus. Traditional grass-roofed huts hide among the banana trees, barley and palm plants farmed throughout the country.
Even in the heart of Addis Ababa, wide open meadows offer space for livestock to graze and give those passing by a glimpse back in time to a landscape before all the buildings and streets. On our walk to Gerji near our house, we would pass a majestic tree sitting amid the sheet metal shacks and ancient cars. I would imagine that tree as it was decades ago when the sprawl of Addis was still far in the distance and nothing surrounded it but grasses and shrubs.

Ethiopia certainly proved to be very different than the images we’d come to expect. And now, I’ll just stop typing and let Brian’s photos speak for themselves.

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Tracey Carisch

Mom, wife, friend and change agent traveling the world with my family to learn our place in it. After spending a career in organizational change management and community initiative implementation, I put my career on hold for our family's trip around the world. In April of 2014 we sold almost everything we own, put the rest in a storage container, and departed on this journey. While my husband continued his software development work to financially support our trip, I planned and documented our adventure, homeschooled our three daughters, and found volunteer work opportunities for us to do in the communities we visit. Now that we've returned to the U.S., I'm completing book about our family's adventure and our lessons learned.

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  1. Wow! I think maybe every post of mine regarding your travels in different countries says, “What incredibly beautiful pictures!’ So here I go again: “What incredibly beautiful pictures!”
    Jim (Long-distance walker of Roxie and Max; granddad of Emily, Liv and Alison)

  2. I enjoyed reading about your experiences this morning in David Cook’s column in the Chattanooga paper. The pics are beautiful!

  3. Wonderful pics; I too read about you (for the second time if I recall correctly) in the Chattanooga newspaper. I’ll be following your adventure blog to see where the journey takes you. Safe travels!

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