Monthly Archives: January 2018

Dallol, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

Temperatures approach the high 30’s and into the ’40s with regularity, but didn’t quite get there while I visited. Suffice to say, I was pleased it didn’t reach its record; over 50 degrees, in this intriguing landscape – 120m below sea-level. Its good to visit in December…average high temperature…36.7 degrees.

Colours from sulphur, copper, potassium, and chlorine; heated, dissolved and refined, result in not only the dramatically encrusted landscape, but their vaporising also takes your breath away……dip your hands in a blood-temperature oily ‘ potash lake ‘…..there’s a lot going on here….

 

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Addis Ababa Mercato

The ‘ New Market  ‘ – መርካቶ –  is supposedly the biggest open-air market in Africa….its Wikipedia entry says it ” covers several square miles, employs 13,000 people in 7,100 business units! ” Quite how such precise quantification can be arrived at…is amazing….because it goes on seemingly for miles in every direction!

In any case; it is huge, extensive, labyrinthine, seemingly (but actually not) chaotic…but above everything, absolutely my favourite place in Addis! The world is a market-place, where anything and everything is traded and processed….moved, and of course, valued.

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Roof view – Mercato, Addis Ababa

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Roofscape – Mercato, Addis Ababa

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Streetscene – Mercato, Addis Ababa

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Streetscene – Mercato, Addis Ababa

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Streetscene – Mercato, Addis Ababa

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Street scene – Mercato, Addis Ababa