Please join our group on October 6th, for Elisa Kotin's engaging presentation of her solo travels to Ethiopia.
Elisa will share with us her beautiful photographs, along with her travel tips of this journey, weaving her way through Ethiopia's remote and magnificent Southern Omo Valley to see the unique cultures of the Hamer, Bena and the fascinating Mursi Tribes. Also we will travel with her to the historic North of Ethiopia, to see the cradle of civilization: Axum, Lalibela and Bahir Dar.
Elisa Kotin has been a solo adventure traveler for 25 years. Her day job is an Event Planner at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Her voyages have spanned 72 countries and 6 continents. Elisa will be sharing at our upcoming meeting, one of her favorite photographic trips. Her focus will be on the intriguing cultures and people of the Southern Omo Valley in Ethiopia including the Mursi Tribe where the women wear the lip discs and in addition, the historic North of Ethiopia.
Research for this trip took Elisa 6-months. She booked her own flights and hired what turned out to be, a fantastic local company to provide a driver and car, as she explored all that Ethiopia had to offer. The Timket Festival was a main focus for Elisa, as she likes to delve into the true experience when she ventures off the beaten traveler path. Timket is Ethiopia’s largest festival as it celebrates the Epiphany; Christ’s Baptism. Gonder really is the place to be at King Fasilides Castle. Her personal experience and her recounts of her tales with the locals, have moved people to tears.
This trip to Ethiopia for Elisa Kotin is a pearl in a long string of fascinating trips throughout the world over the years. Her first travels began with a 2 month sojourn in Europe and then quickly branched out to Asia, Africa, South America, South Pacific and the Middle East. Elisa is the gal that will try just about everything including sky-diving, bungy-jumping, aerobatic flying, glacier climbing, white-water rafting, abseiling and so much more!
Elisa is committed to letting us know how intriguing Ethiopia is for travelers, how doable and friendly it is and is still relatively safe.
Hope you can join us for this engaging presentation by RSVPing and saving this date to your calendar.
As well.......We will also have time for an interactive discussion as we will have an opportunity to add our own worldwide travel stories and tips.
There will be a minimum of $2 donation per guest, required. This fee is used in order to help offset organizer's (my) expense paid to Meetup organization monthly to host our club on their website.(No, Meetup is not free. All organizers must pay to keep their groups up and running.)
See you soon : ) and hopefully on October 6, Sunday at 5 pm
host and organizer
Solo Travel Tales
Some background info about Ethiopia in case you want to read up: http://www.infoplease.com/country/ethiopia.html
See map below
Some of the photos that Elisa will be showing us:
Photos by Elisa Kotin ©
Here is the priest with a traditional Ethiopian crossin Lalibela
Tsion Mariam Church is where the Original Ark of the Holy Covenant is said to be housed. A family donates their child for the high honor of acting as the Priest that dedicates himself to living inside the gate his whole life. I was so fortunate as the priest called me over and asked for my hands and forehead. He kissed my forehead and blessed me. It was such a high honor.