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Just Back: Discovering Ethiopia’s ancient cave churches on a tedious trek that paid off

Just Back: Discovering Ethiopia’s ancient cave churches on a tedious trek that paid off

Discovering Ethiopia’s ancient cave churches on a tedious trek that paid off

Katie Parry wins this week’s Just Back travel writing competition and £250 for her account of a long trek in search of a seventh-century cave church.

 “We are close.” The words have become meaningless. Mohamed, my guide, has been saying them every five minutes for more than four hours. 

This moment is symbolic of my time in Ethiopia. The country whispers that beguilement and adventure are just around the corner, but they never arrive in the form that you expect. Up to this point I have spent most of my time either waiting for a bus or feeling giddily nauseous. 

Head down, I continue to slog up the dust-covered hill. The landscape pulsates with the sort of bone-frying, mind-fugging heat that makes…

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