|View from Lalibela Airport, Ethiopia|
On a beautiful, fall morning, our guide, Muchaw Derebe, picked us up for the thirty minute drive to the Lalibela Airport. Seven stops were made along the road to take pictures – of farmers using oxen to plow the fields, distinctive circular Orthodox churches, Chinese working on the roads, and children eager to be photographed. It was a leisurely drive and we arrived with time to spare.
|Muchaw Derebe, Betty Swasko, Tina Smith waiting|
|Pasta served by airline in airport lobby|
Yes, we missed Axum and the wedding and the drive through the mountains but we passed a unique and unscripted day with new friends and experiences. It fit my long held belief that the worst travel experiences can result in the best travel stories. This was one of the best.