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Walking with the clouds

Dr. Henok Wendirad (DVM)


Mount Zuqualla is a 2,989 meter-high volcano not far from Addis Ababa and can be accessed through Debre Zeit (Bishoftu) or Dukem.

A big fan of the place, I visit at least once a year to take a break from my city routine and refresh body and soul.  

http://addisstandard.com/admin/uploads/Travel%20ziquala%20p.%2030-%20Daniel%20kibret%20blog.jpgMy last trip was in September 2011, on the first day of Pagumè, the 13th month of the Ethiopian calendar: a time of transition ideal to evaluate the year that is ending and set resolutions for the new one.

Heavenly nature: Juniper surrounded crater

The top of Mount Zuqualla offers an amazing view on the surrounding highlands. It has an immense plant and animal biodiversity, small lake lies in its crater, and its rim is ringed by a juniper forest.

The place is almost pure wilderness, little exploited by humans and well preserved. A sensitive visitor may well be consumed by the divinity of the place and compelled to engage in meditation. Time stops. The natural beauty seizes the moment.

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Amen to a year round epiphany, for a cleaner Addis

Dr. Henok Wondirad (DVM)

 If Epiphany is what it takes to see a cleaner Addis, let it come every now and then

From the February edition of Addis Standard magazine


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Last month Addis Ababa had enjoyed one of the cleanest moments of its city life. For a bystander who dreams to look at a cleaner Addis, one of the days between January 18 and 22 presented an incredible sense of relief. Never mind the cleanup happened as part of one of the many religious rituals the celebration of Timket (epiphany) indulges from the followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the act of cleaning up the city was as miraculous as the colorful celebrations of Timket were.

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In search of nature-conscious year - 2012

Dr. Henok Wendirad (DVM)

 From the January 2012 edition of Addis Standard magazine


In many aspects, the year 2011 had been an eventful year. We have witnessed plenty of those natural disasters in different parts of the world; the amazing Arab Spring; the continuous financial crisis of the western economy; and the east African droughts are just a few to reckon.

2011 had also witnessed a variety of international gatherings to tackle alarming climate changes and environmental crisis.

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