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Addis Ababa, located at the geographical centre of Ethiopia, is the country's capital city.
Addis Ababa is a comparatively new city, founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II. Today it is home to a major university, a huge open-air market - a visit to the Mercato, Africa's largest market is fascinating but you need to have your wits about you - the Ethiopian National Museum. Although not as religiously important as Axum or Lalibela, Addis Ababa has several interesting churches and other religious sites. It is also the current home of "Lucy" a famous 3-million year-old hominid that prompts reflection on what it means to be human.
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There are two seasons: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet season runs from June to September. Temperatures are determined by altitude, with highlands (including Addis Ababa) rarely exceeding 25º C. In the lowlands it can get considerably hotter exceeding 40ºC, while in the Danakil Depression it can approach 60ºC
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In Laos, the guide added trips to the morning market and an opportunity to attend a shaman ceremony she heard about when we were in the village. I've seen some events, but I'll never forget that. I gather it's pretty rare to see it - the guide had only seen it once before.
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