Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ethiopia: The Highway of Life. A few photos along the road.

In Ethiopia, life is carried out along the highways. Here's a few interesting pics. Just double clink upon them and you'll bring them up full size. Enjoy!

The drive from Addis Ababa. Green hills and farms everywhere.

A lot of construction in various stages of slowly happening, sometime.

Industry along the roadside.

Shops and markets spill out beyond the pavement.

The local taxi.

Donkeys carrying grain to market.
Camel traffic jam.

Keep out of the way of these horny beasts!


Even a few busted up tanks around.


Carrying the household fuel is an early morning task.


The donkeys seem to be overloaded.




Off to market, but time for a quickie....

Now that's a lot of camel butt!

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29 comments:

AJ said...

Enjoyed the photos. When I think of Ethiopia, I see desert and famine. These photos are so far from that. My favorite is the last one, camel butts! :)

alejandro guzman said...

Great photos Jim Of very extraordinary place

Cheers A

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Jim said...

Yes AJ, we were completely blown away with how green the country was. Farmlands full of crops. Markets very busy. No longer tha place of war and famine.

Jorie Pacli said...

Your creativity in telling us your story through photo essay is marvelous! Photos speak a thousand words so they do well in this post Jim. Well done!
Just hoping all is well in Ethiopia now! Thanks Jim for sharing.:)

Susan Deborah said...

Enjoyed looking through all of them. It faintly resembles India. The last picture of Camels' butts is the best.

When did you visit this place?

Joy always,
Susan

robin said...

That is an interesting collection of pictures!

inka said...

They are fighing back, that's great to see.Wonderful pictures which give an impression of life along the highway.

sulekkha said...

Liked the photos, my favorites are,the local taxi and Industry along the roadside.

Adam said...

Great pictures Jim! Love them. Driving through a country, whether doing it yourself or by public transport, is the best way to really see a country and its people Your pictures capture daily life in Ethiopia, and I love it. Great job.

Wanda said...

I had to put on my thinking cap and take a guess that they were using treadle sewing machines perhaps? As usual great pictures Jim!

Rease said...

fun photos, I like the camel traffic jam.

Jessica M said...

Great pics Jim. It's wonderful how they are experiencing a time of productivity..a promising sign :)

Migrationology said...

Awesome pictures Jim, especially of the camels! Thanks for sharing!

Debra said...

Jim, beautiful rolling hills in the first picture… nice description of the 2nd photo of construction “slowly happening sometime”… industry along the roadside, markets spilling out beyond the pavement, and the local taxi, charming and quaint… camel traffic jam and horny beasts – beware! The Highway of Life… what an apt title for all these remarkable shots.

Debbie said...

Every time I see your photos from Ethiopia, I want to go visit, I know it's not an easy way of living,(compared to here) but it's a simple life (uggh not sure how to say it) anyways I'd love to experience it. I can in some way through your photos and writings, thanks Jim for sharing.

JIM said...

Great photos I'm jealous Jim...You just reinforce that this world is a wonderfully interesting place
Thanks

Sneha said...

wow gr8 post...i liked ur photography

Jim said...

Wow so many comments. Yes Ethiopia is a rapidly growing country now after decades of strife and famine. It will become a tourist hotspot soon as it has ancient ruins and history to rival countries like Egypt and Jordan.
I'll do another photo post on the sites to visit.
Yers Debra, on the bus we were chatting about how much we saw from our bus just travelling along, missing donkeys, goats or sheep by mere centimetres and I remarked we were travelling upon the highway of life. So that sort of stuck.

SJ said...

I'm really surprised by the photo's - not what I expected at all. Great shots and love the commentary.

John in France said...

Beautiful photos! My sister has just been climbing mountains there - nothing like I imagined for Ethiopia.

Jim said...

Country may have dried out a lot by now John, so she may not have seen it so green and prosperous looking as we did. But trekking the Simien Mountains is fantastic they say. We were there in August which is just too wet to do the trekking. She'll have some awesome photos.

monette | fliptravels said...

the quickie picture made me laugh my head off... great photos!

Jim said...

Monette, it wasn't until IO posted that photo up I realized what those goats were doing.
Thanks for dropping in.

River said...

Hi, dropped in for a looksee. Great photos. The second one, "slowly happening, sometime", kind of describes my life.
I used to work in a shoe factory.

Andrea said...

Great photos! I love the camel traffic jam =)

Rachel Hoyt said...

Great pics! That really is a lot of camel butt!!! LOL :)

Norbert said...

Some great photos Jim! Love how you captured the street life!

sweepyjean said...

Marvelous pics, Jim! Thanks for sharing them.

Jim said...

A lot more interesting photos of street/highway life but didn't want to load up too many and slow the site loading down.