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An A – Z of Ethiopia

Our intrepid Ethiopia group returned enriched and inspired by guest speaker John Binns, who led them through its fascinating Orthodox Church and traditions, introducing them to local festivals, food and friends along the way:

“It was a privilege to spend time with John Binns and learn so much about Ethiopia, both ancient and modern day.”

“Huge thanks to all at Wind, Sand & Stars for an amazing trip. John’s passion for Ethiopia fires his erudition and he gave us more insights into the country, past and present, than we could ever have gained from local guides.”

“John’s knowledge and insight into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church made it an unforgettable experience and opened the doors for so many thoughts and experiences we would not have had otherwise. His general knowledge and love of the country helped to make sense of the many idiosyncrasies of Ethiopian Christianity.”

Thanks also to Christine Dunmow for her A – Z:

Axum and the Ark
Broccoli for breakfast
Coffee and camels

Drought and devotion
Empires and ethnic groups
Firfir and fiyel
Grandeur that was Gondar
Hyenas in Harar
Injesting injera
Kebra negast
Legendary Lalibela
Mountains, monasteries and manuscripts
Nearly non-smoking 🙂 
Oromo -oo- -aa-
Poverty and palaces
Queen of Sheba 🙂  and qat 🙁 
Ruins and Rift Valley

Saints by the squadron
Timqat and tavots
Ubiquitous umbrellas
Victories and victims
Walking for water
Xtinct volcanoes and Xasperating plumbing
Yeha
Ziway – where the Rift Valley wine comes from!

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“So many thoughts about our wonderful trip to St Catherine; the fantastic warmth of welcome from the Egyptians, Fathers Justin and Nilus, and the unique history which we felt privileged to be given access to. In my book, how could one not enjoy and be inspired!”

Julia Palmer, St Catherine Retreat, February 2017

“A great experience altogether and I am grateful to all the organisers, to the guides and drivers, to all the staff at guesthouse and hotels, to the Bedouin we visited; all contributed to a perfect trip. “

Verena Watson, Tailor Made Desert Journey, April 2016

“Huge thanks to all at Wind, Sand & Stars for an amazing trip. John’s passion for Ethiopia fires his erudition and he gave us more insights into the country, past and present, than we could ever have gained from local guides.”

Christine Dunmow, Exploring Ethiopia’s Orthodox History with John Binns 2016

“I am hugely impressed with Wind Sand & Stars’ organisation and their relationship with the Bedouin family who looked after us. These local contacts made the experience especially rich.”

Richard Ames-Lewis, Adventure into Silence, October 2014

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