Sunday night, in his “Parts Unknown” series on CNN, Anthony Bourdain offered “A Very Personal Look at Ethiopia”, traveling with Marcus Samuelsson.
Spectacular scenery includes the Danakil Depression (hot springs), acid pools, and the Erte Are Volcano reminding one of Io. Ethiopia is home of nine of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Bourdain covered the lessons of history. In grade school, I had been used to the idea of Haile Selassie, but the communist “Deng” revolution in 1974 drove out the wealthy classes, who were forced to flea. People who were “well educated” and “privileged” were individually targeted in a way that may remind one of today’s terrorism, but actually had become a left wing tactic in some parts of the world in the 60s and 70s.
Marcus and his wife Maya return to the town in which they were born with Bourdain.
Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Semien Mountains by Huliviil, under CCSA 2.0