Having done a fair amount of travelling in nearly sixty countries, I often get asked about my favourite spots. A place close to my heart, Ethiopia is always first on my list. Here’s 10 reasons you should visit…
1. The Women are Gorgeous
This is Naughty Nomad so this is obviously the first thing that comes to mind. The women of Ethiopia have some of the most exotic and beautiful women on the planet. They have perfect bone structure, cute noses and beautiful skin glazed in a bronze, caramel hue. As for their bodies – they are wonderfully slim with great breasts and plump apple booties. They also smoke weed, listen to reggae and know how to dance, cook and truly please a man. Sounds likes a dream eh? Ethiopian girls rock!
2. It’s Cheap
Ethiopia is one of the cheapest countries in the world. Try 10 cent for coffee, beers for less than a dollar and a room for less than $5. You can live like a king here. I was there in 2007, where you could get 12 Birr for a Euro. You can now get 22 Birr for a Euro!!!
3. There’s TONS to see and do
Here’s just some of the places you can visit in the country:
- Gondor: The camelot of Africa.
- Lilibela: 13 churches built into the ground.
- Rift Valley: Safari anyone?
- Shashmane: Rasta mecca.
- Aksum: Rumored to have the Lost Ark.
- Harare: Walled city where you can feed hyenas!
- Bahar Dar: Lake monasteries and stunning waterfalls.
- Addis Ababa: The crazy capital where anything goes.
- Any café: Did you know coffee was first cultivated in Ethiopia!?
4. No Tourists
Ethiopia is notoriously hard to get to overland. When you travel the country, you will hardly ever see another traveller. It feels like you have the country all to yourself.
5. The Landscape is Spectacular
Ethiopia is awe-inspiring. It has an incredibly diverse landscape, from mountainous rainforests where waterfalls flow, to epic plateaus and steppes, to barren wastelands stretching the Oganden dessert. It seems behind every corner there’s something that takes your breath away.
6. Culture is Abundant
Ethiopia was the only country on the continent not colonised in the scramble for Africa. This isolation has kept Ethiopian culture intact. There are dozens are tribes, all with their own unique traditions and rituals. The main language is known as Amharic, which even has its own alphabet. Ethiopia was one of the world’s first Christian countries (4th Century) and is also the spiritual homeland of Rastafasti. The name Rastafari is taken from Ras Tafari, the pre-regal title of Haile Selassie I, composed of Amharic Ras (literally “Head,” an Ethiopian title equivalent to Duke), and Haile Selassie’s pre-regal given name, Tafari. The colours synonymous with reggae (Green, Yellow & Red) are derived from the Ethiopian flag. Queen Sheeba was also said to bore the 13th tribe of Israel here.
7. The Food
Ethiopian food is an experience. Various spicy, delicious dishes are plonked on a large pancake-like stable know as injera. The whole thing is a communal affair and is eaten using your hand. Some Ethiopian girls will even hand-feed you.. it’s so fuckin’ sexy.
8. The Ganja
Weed is everywhere in Ethiopia – it’s part of the everyday life. If you’re a smoker, welcome to paradise! I once bought a kilo for $4.50 in Shashamane. The quality can vary, but you can get Grade-A stuff in the capital. Most young people smoke too.
9. It’s the Cradle of Mankind
From all the scientific evidence, it is suggested our species originated from in the Rift Valley in Africa. Some of the world’s oldest humanoid fossils have been found here. Ethiopia may be well be our first home. Visiting the country feels like a pilgrimage for any evolutionist, humanist, atheist or agnostic.
10. The Nightlife is Fantastic
The nightlife is Addis Ababa is like no other. Every night there’s a party going on. You got everything from classy jazz cafés, to cool reggae bars to sleazy nightclubs. Ethiopian dance style employs the shoulders and is a sight to behold. The girls are dressed up and drool worthy. With any luck, you won’t go home alone!
So there you have it…
Man, I can’t wait to return!!!
I have an Cheeky Addis Ababa City Guide if want to know more!
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What’s your favourite place and why?