A house in the rural village of Gälawdios, in the Amhara region.
Kes Fente, Gälawdios, Amhara, Ethiopia, July 2009
Coffee Ceremony, Gälawdios, Amhara, Ethiopia, July 2009
The tradional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, always performed by women, starts with the roasting of green beans in a pan, somewhat like a wok. When they darken, they are brought around to the guests, the share the fragrant smoke.
The roasted beans are then pounded by hand in a pestle, often using rebar or a piece of an axle, which people have found to be convenient and effective replacements to traditional materials.
The ground coffee is poured into a tall-necked pot and boiled for ten minutes. The resulting thick, dark coffee is traditionally sweetened with three small spoonfuls of sugar, and guests are expected to drink three cups, the third being considered lucky (you can usually get away with fewer cups, if time is short).
Liqa Kahunat Ajugu, Gälawdios, Amhara, Ethiopia, July 2009
Kes Mogas, Gälawdios, Amhara, Ethiopia, July 2009
Boy, Gälawdios, Amhara, Ethiopia, July 2009
Netting, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, June 2009
Little Bee-Eater (Merops pusillus), Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, June 2009
A flycatcher sits on a branch by lake Tana, patiently waiting for me to take its picture.
This was identified for me as a Little Green Bee-Eater (Merops orientalis), but I have had a chance to look at Birds of the Horn of Africa, and the distribution for the Little Green Bee Eater is wrong, and the Green one has green, not yellow, at the throat. I think it is a Little Bee-Eater, Merops pusillus.