May 29, 2005
I don't have a lot to say about Gonder. By the time I got there, I was really rushing to escape the country before my visa expired. I spent only two days in Gonder, which really is lightning speed for me.
But in Gonder, no one can miss the big tourist attraction in the center of town. And one question must instantly come to mind of every tourist visiting Gonder: What the hell are medieval castles doing in Ethiopia?
But sure enough, there they are. Gonder was the capital of Ethiopia for 200 years, and in the center of town are a handful of small, but stylish, and distinctly medieval European looking castles. Emperor Fasiladas built these castles back in the 15th century.
With only two days in Gonder, I mostly rushed around photographing the people. I got nothing but smiles as I asked people if I could take their photo.
I wish that I had more time to spend there. And in retrospect, I wish that I had visited the Falasha refugee camps outside of town. One of the photos that I took shows a man has a clearly Jewish nose - other than the color, he has exactly the same nose as I do.
But with no time left, I had to hop on a bus up to the Sudanese border.
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Hey Adam do you know what route your Jewish lineage took? Just wondering about the nose ancestry! Which part of Europe, etc.?
My family is from the Ukraine. Before that I don't really know.
You can read about the red-haired Khazars. A bunch of them converted to Judaism in the 9th century. I _may_ be descended from them. Who knows if that's true or not.
And, it's very far from scientific, but the nose could at least indicate that any European ancestors I had intermarried with the Middle Eastern Jews who fled Israel in the diaspora.
Those are some guesses...
Tobus - May 24, 2007
Wow Adam, didn't know about castles in Africa.
I follow your travels a lot, but don't react. I love to read about your travels, so please don't stop posting on account of me or others not reacting!
Don't worry. I don't have any plans to stop writing.
I'm just more inspired and motivated when I get feedback.
susan elliott - Dec 29, 2007
still enjoying...your doing the traveling for me