“Experiencing Ethiopia”

By: Michelle Jackson

Ethiopia is nothing short of enchanting and mystifying. It is one of the oldest countries in the world and is full of amazing historical sites, rich culture, delicious food and friendly people. Ethiopia is known as the “Horn of Africa”, and its capital is Addis Ababa. Addis Ababa is a city that is in steady upward movement even though it still shows off its many historical sites, antiquated buildings and monumental structures.

April 28, 2020

view from our balcony

Our trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia was really soul stirring. It is a place that is a mixture of traditional and modern elements which weave together nicely and is evidence that the people hold their history dear. Even though over 80 languages are spoken in Ethiopia, the two main languages that are spoken are Oromo and Amharic.Though these two languages are the most popular, there are many people who speak English as well.

our living/dining room at the SolMile Guest House Apartments, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Holy Trinity Cathedral, known in Amharic as Kidist Selassie, is the highest ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was built to commemorate Ethiopia’s liberation from Italian occupation and is the second most important place of worship in Ethiopia. Inside you will find the throne of King Haile Selassie and Queen Menen Asfaw (his wife) , as well as, their tombs. It is a very spiritual place that is highly respected and decorated with colorful stained glass windows and many artifacts. This is definitely a must see!

King Haile Selassie’s Throne – Holy Trinity Cathedral


Our itinerary would not be complete without a trip to the famous Yod Abyssinia Cultrual Restaurant.

Yod Abyssinia Cultural Restaurant

eating and enjoying performances from local dancers, singers and musicians

 

At Yod Abyssinia we enjoyed the live performances of musicians, dancers and singers from around Ethiopia, and we tried some really delicious Ethiopian dishes.

Ala – Yod Abyssinia

traditional lamb and vegetable platter


The “Red Terror” Martyr’s Memorial Museum in Addis Ababa was built in honor of the victims of Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Derg Regime. Anywhere between 500,000 and 750,000 people were tortured and killed during the brutality. The museum is well kept and free to enter, but does depend on donations from visitors to continue to operate. It is a must see for those truly interested in the history and story of the people of Ethiopia. However, some artifacts and images may be too sensitive for young children.

artifacts in the museum


The National Museum of Ethiopia contains many precious local archaeological finds such as the fossilized remains of early humans. The most famous specimen found here is “Lucy”, the partial skeleton of what is believed to be the first human. The museum houses hundreds of pieces: artwork, fossils, furniture, jewelry, etc. It may take a hour or more to see it all, but it is definitely an interesting must see.

The National Museum of Ethiopia

This Olmec head was given to the people Ethiopia from the people of Mexico in 2010.

artwork at the National Museum of Ethiopia

This trip was a fun-filled learning experience for us, and we recommend a visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for those interested in other cultures, history, and those on a spiritual journey.

About to board our flight to depart Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

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