I was totally buzzed to finally reach Ethiopia and the highland castle city of Gonder, having last been here in 1994 – now it offered welcome relief from the blazing summer heat of Sudan.
Sitting at 2120 meters, it felt like spring – but with a healthy dose of daily rain, as the summer highland rainy season was in full swing. Maybe even greater relief was beer. Copious amounts. Boozy nights in seedy bars happily merged with sightseeing. I stayed over 2 weeks in Gonder.
Gonder was founded as the capital of Ethiopia in 1635 by Emperor Fasilidas, following some tumultuous moments in Ethiopian history (the near destruction of the Abyssinian Christian empire following an intense Muslim invasion by Ahmed Gragn and then an internal religious conflict, after one emperor’s failed push to impose Catholicism on his Orthodox population).