The Ethiopian Experience: Trekking the Highlands of Lalibela

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Selam, and welcome to “the origin,” the African nation that has never been colonized by Europeans. Look up The Battle of Adwa where King Menelik II defeated the Italians in an epic sequence of historical consequence. So finally, after years of research, readings, teachings and listening to roots reggae rhythms epitomizing The Promised Land, I finally took the requisite steps needed for a transformative Ethiopian experience as part of my 6th Annual Nomadic Journey in Addis Ababa and Lalibela.

I ventured to Ethiopia for its strength, Abyssinian culture, veggie injera meals, traditional Eskista shoulder dance up close and to breathe with deep spirit from the highlands of Lalibela. I began the excursion upon landing into Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, while enjoying many of the historic sites including the National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopian National Theatre, Ethnological Museum, the Red Terror Martyr’s Museum, Menelik Palace in the Entoto Hills and the Historic Kidist Selassie Cathedral which is the highest-ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the city. Sarcastically, I was also also looking for freedom fighting singer Teddy Afro, the Bob Marley of Ethiopia. Listen to any one of his classics and you will be become an instant devotee. Trust me! [Read more…]

Vegan Food in Montego Bay, Jamaica: iTal is Vital

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iTal is vital and is the reason I seek out Adwa when I visit Montego Bay, Jamaica. In fact, I’ll be back in July for Reggae Sumfest. With two locations, (876-952-6554, 876-952-8947) Mudada Hamand ascertains the fresh plant foods for my Jamaican brethren and sistas are some of the purest dishes in the world. Fresh fruit smoothies, a small library, nuts and seeds, pure ital food and conscious reggae playing are the key ingredients of this plant-based café. The servings are fulfilling and they only use whole, organic foods such as brown rice. The Jerk Akee and Tofu and the Veggie Balls are my two favorite dishes.

Please stop in Adwa next time you find yourself in MoBay. Ya Mon!

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Jamaica: Summer of 2014

Jamaica_Reggae_Sumfest_Fit_Fathers..... 061I’m a nomad by nature. The simple things in life ignite my passion. Water, sun, plant food, family, friends, reggae music, nature and animals — in no particular order — are the key ingredients to my happiness. This is the reason I travel to Jamaica a few times a year, especially in July for Reggae Sumfest. The purity of the land, the positive vibrations of the music and the enthusiastic spirits of the people enlightens me to the fullest while running the hills with the locals or swimming in the Caribbean keeps my soul and mind connected with the energetic movements of my body. [Read more…]