|A village on the hill up to the church|
Whilst staying in Lalibela, we took an afternoon trip by minibus to visit Yemrehanna Kristos, 45km north of the town. The drive took almost two hours due to the uneven road surface. The scenery we drove through was spectacular, but without Christie’s stability and large picture windows, we were unable to take photos en route.
|The view from the ticket office – this is as far as I went!|
I spent the time chatting to Abraham, the man in charge of the ticket office. He told me that he earns 400 Birr a month (about $20). With his parents dead, and no siblings to help him, he lives with his grandparents and supports them in their old age. He had such love and pride in his eyes as he described his ninety-year old grandfather to me and told me about his stories of Ethiopia under Italian occupation. It was fascinating for me to hear, yet tinged with sadness because Abraham’s own life seems to be on hold. He can’t afford to marry and have a family whilst he is caring for his grandparents.
|Pilgrims at Yemrehanna Kristos|
After stopping to enjoy a coffee ceremony, we returned to Lalibela, driving through a very lively wedding party on the way!