The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is Southern Ethiopia. This is part of my personal effort to convince as many people as possible to visit Africa. After spending several months on the continent, we realized that we had only experienced a drop in the bucket. Africa is so huge and diverse that it would take years to fully understand all of the cultures, history, tragedy, and beauty that this immense land has to offer.
Part of our time in Ethiopia was spent making a journey to the tribal areas of the south. This region is difficult to travel in due to rough roads and a lack of development. A diverse and amazing group of people greeted us with warmth, friendliness, and curiosity. We met the Mursi tribe, famous for their piercings and huge lip plates. We also met the Hamer tribe and were lucky to witness the Jumping of the Bulls ceremony, complete with all of its controversial induction rituals. If you’ve never thought about Africa, think again, and put Ethiopia on your bucket list.
Bryan has visited exactly one more country than his wife, and she won’t let him forget it! Also an avid photographer, he enjoys entrenching himself within the local culture in order to learn more about the people of a place. He is the co-founder of Budget Your Trip and loves a good adventure, an exotic meal, or a passionate conversation about global events.