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Ethiopia: Countryside, farming & rural life

ONE Mom Karen Walrond traveled with ONE to Ethiopia this October as the official photographer. This piece, originally published on Chookooloonks, is part of our ongoing coverage of the trip.

While much of our trip was spent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital of about 4 million people, we also spent a lot of our time in rural areas, visiting farms and other aspects of the countryside. And the countryside is truly where Ethiopia comes into its own: while Addis is a smog- and exhaust-filled bustling, chaotic city, Ethiopia’s countryside is a textbook illustration of what pastoral living is supposed to look like: lush, rolling hills, sweet-smelling air (from all the cypress around, no doubt), idyllic village scenes.

So today, I thought I’d share with you some of the beauty of Ethiopia, as well as what life looks like outside of Addis Ababa. I hope you find it as breathtaking as we did.

For example: the image above was taken on day 3, at a rest stop halfway to Mojo, a town about 70km southeast of Addis. Lovely, isn’t it?

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