Lalibela is a great little town to visit. Within its boundaries sits the complex of churches chiseled from pink volcanic rock called the “eighth wonder of the world”. Lalibela’s relative isolation and small size means I was able to easily get to around, and more intimately approach its people.

Ethiopia’s coffee ceremony is an integral part of their social and cultural life. An invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship or respect and is an excellent example of Ethiopian hospitality. Many of the villagers are extremely hospitable and performed their ancient coffee ceremony for visitors wandering around.

Most stores and homes are made of some clay material; the floor is plain soil while the roofs are made of corrugated tin. Colors play a big role in interior design; it is not unusual to find hot pinks, turquoise colors decorating interior walls. Many families have no proper kitchen and bathrooms as we know them in the west. Daily chores of keeping a household are mostly falling on women and their daughters. And talking about women, or better say young women – they are beautiful and definitely enjoyed the camera and the chance of being photographed.

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