About 3 years ago, every night, before bedtime, I read a few pages of the book of Javier Reverte “The lost roads of Africa". In it, Reverte narrated his adventures during his trip through Ethiopia, mainly, and to a lesser extent Sudan and Egypt. In addition, it intermingled their own experiences with the known history of these countries and helped you to deepen their roots.
More than one night I ended up dreaming of a country of which I knew nothing and whose history is still diffuse for its own inhabitants, so lovers of oral tradition that everything can distort it. Many have been the myths that have fed the Ethiopians, but myths or not, their stories and legends caught me irremissibly and I knew that the fact that Ethiopia saw me roaming their lands with my backpack in tow was only a matter of time.
And that moment finally came in the spring of last year.
Hard man from northern Ethiopia
Trying to see (and understand) all of Ethiopia in 4 weeks - and traveling by local transport and only by land and water - is almost as impossible as seeing Piqué putting on a Madrid shirt.
Ethiopia is a huge country with great diversity on all fronts. Changing climates, landscapes that have nothing to do with each other, valleys and depressions that alternate with some of the highest mountains in Africa, hundreds of ethnic groups whose languages barely have similarities. However, there is something that is common throughout the territory: pride, nobility, honesty and hospitality of its people.
Here I summarize the itinerary that I followed in my month-long trip through Ethiopia: