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Tourists killed in Afar Region, Ethiopia

Tourists killed in Afar Region, Ethiopia Five tourists have been shot dead in Ethiopia's northern Afar region, the BBC reports. Ethiopian State TV announced that the tourists were killed late on Monday by gunmen who had crossed over the border from Eritrea. It said they were part of an Afar rebel group trained...

Eating in the Horn of Africa: camel, goat and. . .spaghetti?

Eating in the Horn of Africa: camel, goat and. . .spaghetti? When my wife and I went to the Horn of Africa last year for our Ethiopia road trip, we were eagerly looking forward to a culinary journey. We weren't disappointed. Ethiopian food is one of our favorites and of course they make it better there than anywhere else! While...

Ancient port discovered in Egypt

Ancient port discovered in Egypt Archaeologists working in Egypt have discovered a harbor on the Red Sea that was used for international trade. The excavation at Mersa Gawasis has revealed traces of an ancient harbor. It's long been known that the Egyptians traded down the coast of Africa, but the...

Ethiopia's northern borderlands: Tigray and its ancient civilization

Ethiopia's northern borderlands: Tigray and its ancient civilization Driving north out of Ethiopia's Amhara region into the borderland province of Tigray, the landscape becomes rockier and drier. The mountains rise higher and are more frequent, and at times sheer cliffs loom above the road. This is a harsh land with a harsh history. The...

Immigrants' perspectives on life in the U.S.

Immigrants' perspectives on life in the U.S. One question I like to ask people who have come to live in the U.S. is in regards to what surprised them the most about living here. Something they did not expect to find-- or something they didn't think about before moving here. The surprises could be sensory based, as in,...

Polo's Bastards Top 10 Worst Destinations

Polo's Bastards Top 10 Worst Destinations With the current conflict going on between Ethiopia and Somalia, my mind immediately began to wonder what the writers at Polo's Bastards had been up to and what dangerous lands they've been exploring. Last time I checked in they'd just posted a piece on Rio's favelas. Since...

Word for the Travel Wise (09/13/06)

Word for the Travel Wise (09/13/06) The Horn of Africa has been sitting on my travel wish list for what feels like decades. I thought I was going to Somalia this year, but put it on hold for another time. When I do get to go I hope to include stops in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Most people probably know more about...

Africa Travel: Eritrea

Africa Travel: Eritrea When Travel & Leisure put Eritrea on blast late 2004 I was so frightened for the recovering country. The wars that once tore throughout Eritrea appear to be done and gone for now and it is only a matter of time before something of a good bad nature starts tearing...

Small Steps for Eritrea

Small Steps for Eritrea If you read the potential tourism hype on Eritrea in Travel and Leisure's September 2004 issue and can't get the country out the back of your mind, you might want to check out this article. According to Business Report, the country is taking baby steps by building one of the...

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