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Ethiopia’s Tribal Cultures


Living in “Hives”

Along the hillside the strange huts pepper the verdant landscape. Some rising as high as three stories, they are the tell-tale sign of the legendary Dorze tribe. Fashioned from hardwood poles and woven bamboo, the beehive-shaped homes are insulated with grass, bamboo stems and enset, or false banana leaves. Due to their location in rural Ethiopia and the erosion of time, termites are often a risk to the basement levels of the huts. However, their ingenious design allows the remainder of the home to be lifted and relocated, so the Dorze huts typically last between 60 and 80 years. The process explains the variation of hut height where the newer homes are taller and the older ones are noticeably shorter.

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Topics: Ethiopia

The Rock Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia


Ethiopia's Mysterious Shrines May Hold An Ancient Treasure

According to the New Testament of the Bible, an angel appeared to Phillip the Evangelist and told him to “go south to the desert road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” Along the way, he encountered an Ethiopian eunuch who was in charge of the treasury of Queen Candace. This is arguably the first encounter with Christianity by what is now the only region in Africa to survive the expansion of Islam as a Christian state.

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Topics: Ethiopia

A Beginner’s Guide to Ethiopian Cuisine


Wat's For Dinner?

Ethiopian cuisine features a variety of meat dishes (often quite spicy), vegetables, flatbreads and sauces. Utensils are used almost exclusively for cooking, and Ethiopians eat with their right hands per Islamic tradition.

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Topics: Ethiopia

Exploring Travcoa’s Most Popular Journeys


The Hit List

I’m often asked about my favorite destination. But like children, you can never single out just one. The truth of the matter is this...my favorite place in the entire world is the one I just visited, or perhaps it’ll be the one I’ll be traveling to next. So instead, I thought I’d highlight some of Travcoa’s most popular journeys that are favored by travelers like yourself. Perhaps you’ll agree, or maybe your list will be entirely different. We’d love to hear which Travcoa journey — or journeys — top your own bucket list.

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Topics: Ethiopia, India, China, Bulgaria, Romania

Upon this Rock: Ethiopia’s Unique Churches


Carved in Rock

According to the New Testament of the Bible, an angel appeared to St. Philip the Evangelist and told him to “go south to the desert road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” Along the way, he encountered an official of the royal treasury in Ethiopia. St. Philip baptized the man, and the event is arguably the first mention of Christianity associated with a region of Africa that has long and strong ties to Islam.

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Topics: Ethiopia