Previously KNOT JUST PICS. Same shit, different name.

Ethiopia – Mekele

The next morning we left on the first part of our trip to Lalibela which took us North to the Eritrean border o the town of Mekele. En route we stopped at the largely unvisited by tourists spot  to the burial place of the wife of the Prophet Mohammed, to Mekele, one of the towns closest to the Eritrean border where up until recently planes have periodically dropped bombs on the inhabitants. We also get our first taste of a rock-hewn church, Wukro Chirkos.

Heading East to Adigrat  there was so much evidence of the war which has plagued the people and the area between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

One of the most unexpected places we stumbled onto was a mosque containing the graves of some 12 people believed to have travelled to Ethiopia from Saudi Arabia after the death of the Prophet Mohammed. One of the graves is said to belong to his wife. We were very lucky to be able to see the graves up close, a privilege which had we been in Saudi Arabia  would have been reserved only for Muslims.

I am startng to get a complex about the number of photos Andy takes of me standing near cows, I wonder if he is trying to tell me something??? ;)

A short walk from the town of Wukro we saw our first (of many) rock hewn churches. Wukro Chirkos is situated on a hill and is carved entirely from a SINGLE piece of rock and is about 1500 years old.

Words cannot describe the feeling of being inside this giant monolith carved so expertly at a time when Europe was in the Dark Ages. There is a stillness and monumental sense of history when one enters a church such as this, we were so blown away by its epicness, but had no idea what awaited us in Lalibela ( still to come in Part 4)

Some of the many ‘templar’ crosses dotted across churches in this region. The presence of these crosses has led many to believe that the Knights Templar played a part in the construction of many of these rock-hewn churches.

Gratuitous Landy shot :)

The road from Makele to Woldia. The final stretch before we make our way to the rock hewn churches of Lalibela.

Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (13)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (12)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (5)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (7)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (11)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (10)

We passed through some of the areas worst affected by the famine. The dry river beds serve only as a cattle highway.

Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (9)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (20)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (19)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (18)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (17)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (16)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (15)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (8)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (6)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (4)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (3)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (2)Rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia - travel photographers South Africa (1)

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Andy & Szerdi on Instagram

  • The look of so many shared moments and so many shared laughs.
  • The world needs more pre-wedding dad and daughter dances. How special are Lashara and her dad having a little boogey before he helped her into her wedding dress?! 😍
  • If you ask a lot of photographers what weddings are all about, they will probably talk about your gorgeous decor that reflects “you” as a couple, or some nice portraits to show the grandkids one day, or something cheesey about freezing your special moments in time. And I mean, we can’t really argue with any of that, but there’s another secret awesome part of your wedding that often doesn’t get as much airtime. The time when all the formalities are over, everything is all signed and official, speeches have been said, all the yummy foods been scoffed, and it’s time to just cut loose and celebrate with your favourite people. It’s that trouser-ripping splits, that air guitar, that chuck your shoes in the corner time of night when the real celebrations happen. And honestly it’s one of the most awesome parts of the day!
  • So keeping with the happy vibes ☺️ Oliver’s  face at seeing Sarah for the first time is everything 😍
  • Can I still just post happy people for a while?
  • We’re both still pretty miz after losing our little fur boy a couple days ago. So these super happy brides are mostly for me, but also for you if you need something to whack a smile on your face too.
  • A cheesey ass pic for a cheesey as hell day of the year. We’ve never been valentine people, preferring to honour our relationship on our anniversaries and other significant dates, but the older (and less jaded?!) I get, I realize there is no harm in celebrating your person and your relationship every chance you get. This doesn’t mean we are suddenly going to squeeze into a restaurant tonight crammed with tables for twos, or get some made in China synthetic teddy bear holding an “I love you” heart. But I am going to hug my person extra tight and remind them that they mean the world to me and life with them is the best thing ever 💜
  • Yesterday we unexpectedly lost this angel ruby eyed boy. We always knew bunnies were very delicate souls, but Doug and his brother have been through being rescued from horrific conditions before eventually ending up with us. We watched them gradually lose their timidness and grow into two wonderful quirky little guys. He’s the bun that made me fall in love with Rabbits. Both of us and his husbun Mike are super heartbroken at this unexepected loss just a couple months short of their 7th birthday.
  • Spontaneous hand kisses always make me weak at the knees ☺️
  • A love like this 💜
  • Run away veils, much better than run away brides ☺️
  • A lot of wedding blogs, Pinterest lists and photographers will suggest on your wedding day that you book into a nice hotel room, make sure there is no clutter (eeeek god forbid there is some signs of the day that’s been happening in the background!) and lots of natural light.  We tend to approach it kind of differently... get ready in a comfortable environment, don’t send your bridesmaids rushing to clear any sign of real life from behind you, and rather let your surroundings be part of the story of your day. I absolutely adore that Katie got ready in her childhood home, here you can see her sisters getting ready in one of their rooms which was covered in memories of their lives, which seems kinda perfect.

We Choose Adventure on Instagram

  • I’ve played guitar and bass for a while and always wanted to try sitar. Had my first lesson today in Varanasi. What an amazing instrument! So different to guitar. I was very shit and my fingers feel like they’ve been manicured with a sword, but I love this thing.
  • Following @the_szerd around temples since 2010.

Our first big overseas adventure was to Nepal, where we got engaged. The travel bug bit hard and it’s been love and magical unicorn farts ever since. Here’s to a trillion more adventures with this person ❤️
  • There’s something beautiful and timeless about a shawl or saree. The Indian woman are such a vibrant contrast to the dusty streets.
  • Up to our eyebrows with hot chai (tea) and hotter curry. #wishyouwerehere #notreally
  • Unbelievable detail carved into these old stone mansions (called “Havelis”) from the 1800s. The one took 55 years to finish! It may take us that long to finish painting our kitchen...
  • Epic views over the small desert city of Jaisalmer in North West India, not far from the Pakistan border. 
First time in this beautiful country. Managed to step in cow shit within the first 2 minutes and dog shit within the first 10. Welcome to India!
  • This weekend exceeded all expectations! 🙌 Sooo many good bands, the friendliest people, and delicious veggie food. The mud and rain even made it a proper English festival experience 🌧 This was our first @downloadfest and we WILL be back! Thank you @the_szerd for enjoying the same noisy music as me and always being my band buddy 😘
  • This summer in Europe has been epic for bands so far! Another one from our “must-see” band list. Alice in Chains 🔥 Definite highlights were this song, Them Bones, and Nutshell, which Jerry Cantrell dedicated to Layne Stayley. Totes emosch 😥 @aliceinchains
  • I played bass for a long time and this man was my bass crush 😍 #justinchancellor was worth every second of the 20 year wait to watch this man play 🙌 ... and I got his plectrum ! That’s getting framed.
  • Tool 🙌 I waited 20 years to see this band and it finally happened last night in Berlin, of all places. They were a massive influence on my own band and were actually one of the reasons @the_szerd and I started dating over 15 years ago. I even played in a Tool tribute band back in the day. Excellent times!
  • People watching from the shade.
  • Exploring the narrow streets and alleyways of Stone Town, Zanzibar. This place reminds us so much of the old part of Jeddah with the African/Arab cross culture and architecture.

These are some of the awesome blogs we've been featured on


Website designed by us and custom built by Andy. Check out his website company Andy Stent - Wordpress Website Development for more info.