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"I was on a site poorly understood, with a reputation that does not correspond to reality, full of historical wonders, natural and delights, would have been very happy to share it with you and my colleagues. I think that the images that I have can speak for themselves." (António Avelar)

António Avelar was born in Lisbon in 1988 and studied Design. Lived in Sao Paulo, where he worked in this area, and in London, where he got his masters in Branding. He returned to Lisbon to pursue a career, but the passion by aviation spoke louder and found out about TAP, in which currently functions as Cabin Crew. Continues to develop the activity of designer, but assumes that one of his greatest passions is traveling, discovering hidden places in the world that are unique by its human capital, natural or cultural.

About Ethiopia, he writes:

Ethiopia is a country of contrasts and many wonders with little visibility abroad. It is a unique example in the region, with centuries of history, a country converted to Christianity in the 4th century, rise of legends and fate of expeditions over the years, which already has 500 years of links to Portugal. It is a country mainly in forests, with their large urban centers and main portion of its population to live above 2,000 meters of altitude. This provides the development of a unique habitat to also the species of fauna and flora that are endemic only in these regions.

Ethiopia is a country undergoing rapid development, and even lacking in some factors of comfort dictated by some western parameters, is surprisingly safe and cozy. Its recent history goes through an attempt of italian colonization, a dictatorship that culminated with a horrendous genocide, a crisis of famine that struck worldwide fame and, more recently, a demonstration of a capacity for resourcefulness without precedent in this area, with the overcoming of all these fresh traumas and the entry in an era of development and construction unbridled and of apparent political stability.

On the road, we were faced with a palette of colors in constant change, almost always with a harsh landscape and rocky to dominate. The colors are a little all over the place. In the food, which strong component and omnipresent is the injera, a kind of pancake made with teff (a cereal which only grows in Africa) is used as the basis in virtually all dishes from the surprisingly delicious and varied cuisine of Ethiopia. In the churches carved from the mountains, with frescoes of centuries past and where even today it’s celebrated orthodox ceremonies daily. In bajajs, identical to the indian auto-rickshaws, blues and noisy, often decorated with images of European football or aircraft of the airline of the country, taken to many as a vector of recent development and symbol of quality in the country. In women, with their intricate hairstyles and clothing of cotton and linen embroidered with the national colors. In the stalls on the side of the road, stuffed with avocados and bananas. On the walls of Harar, city that calls itself the fourth most sacred in Islam and an oasis muslim in Ethiopia, where they feed hyenas at hand. In the colors of the desert of Danakil, a geographical depression located in the convergence of three tectonic plates and with a geological activity constantly high (a premium to those who hold the four days of travel under a scorching sun, without toilets, electricity and other basic amenities). This place, for me the absolute highlight of this trip, where we can see salt crystals resulting from the beginning of the formation of the sea bed, sleeping in craters of an erupting volcano and watch closely to the resilience of workers of salt mines, can only be described by words as 'unbelievable' or by long silences of contemplation.

See here António Avelar’s photo gallery.​

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