Welcome to 'World Journeys' (the blog)! Formerly known as 'The Greater World', World Journeys is written by Andrew Boland, a traveller approaching 40 who has visited 69 countries, and counting!
This blog features any travel I am doing, and thoughts, memories and the like from my past trips, not to mention photos. Please come back regularly to read about some of the interesting, and different places I have visited!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Ethiopia - Short Journeys
Today I am happy to announce that I have a new book published on Amazon for Kindle. The first 'Short Journeys' is out, and the country in question is Ethiopia. Today I include an introductory excerpt for my blog to give readers an idea what's inside.
This is the first ‘short journeys’ I have written. It was
2009 when I headed over to the horn of Africa to visit a country that had long
held a big interest for me – Ethiopia. From outside it really came across as a
very unique African nation, and I am glad to say that once I was there, it was
equally unique. Ethiopia has a look, a feel, a rhythm and a way completely of
its own. It’s not a country I can easily compare to other African nations I
have visited, such as Mali or Cameroon.
A church in Lalibela.
It’s cuisine is quite unique too. It’s people have a wonderful
love of their country, and are as unique as their homeland. Ethiopia’s history
is rich, they have their own script and notable and deserved pride for their
nation. A country that the world knows for several things, such as marathon and
long distance runners, coffee, but perhaps more unfortunately, for poverty and
The image that many have of Ethiopia is a starving people,
the centre of the famine in Africa back in the 1980’s and still struggling
today. Whilst there are significant areas in Ethiopia suffering from bad
conditions, drought, desertification and famine, and
Monastery on the Zege Peninsula.
whilst this should never
be forgotten, it is not fair that this is the central image of this amazing
country. These common images are very negative ones, which sadly does nothing
to help the country’s economy or its tourism industry. To those who are ‘in the
know’ however, Ethiopia is a beautiful land of warm people, an amazing culture,
brilliant trekking, history, and coffee! Not only that, but Ethiopia also
produces a good amount of wine. There’ are many surprises awaiting those coming
I visited the capital, Addis Ababa, and places north of the
capital. There are beautiful lakes, rivers and waterfalls. There are some
stunning high mountains, ancient churches carved into rock, and wonderfully
kind and warm people. The climate is cool to mild in the northern area which
makes travelling more pleasant than some of the hotter areas of Africa.