Previously KNOT JUST PICS. Same shit, different name.

Ethiopia – Gonder

Part 2 of our Ethiopian adventure covers our trip through the city of Gonder and the Simien Mountains.
Gonder was founded in 1635 and has a huge cluster of 17th century castles and palaces right in the middle of town. We spent an entire day exploring these and the churches nearby. In particular, the amazingly decorated church of Debre Birhan Selassie built in the 1690s.

Some rules for church visitors…

The ceiling is decorated with 80 painted cherub faces.

Honey wine. #Delicious!

Emporer Fasilidas’s Pool is dry most of the year and only filled for the annual Timkat ceremony in January. The pool is filled only by redirecting one of the nearby streams, and they were only a few days in when we visited.

Just next door a local soccer match was in full swing, so our pool tour had a great soundtrack of Shakira’s “Waka Waka”…

The Royal Enclosure has six 17th century castles and loads of tunnels to explore.

The first time the colours green, yellow and red were found being used together. If you hadn’t noticed, these are now the colours on the Ethiopian flag.

Castle through a keyhole…

Cow horns used as towel hooks in the “sauna” room.

The extent of the tourists. Three of which are Ethiopian, and one of them was our guide.

What a juxtaposition. A medieval castle in the middle of modern Gonder.

The kids here freaking love having their photo taken! They’ll come hurtling down the street screaming “Faranji! Faranji!” (Foreigner! Foreigner!), and thought it was halarious when we screamed “Habesha! Habesha!” (Ethiopian! Ethiopian!) back at them.

About 100km north of Gonder we hit the dramatic Simien Mountains, one of the biggest ranges in Africa. more than 12 of the peaks are above 4000m! The altitude can take it out of you, and a short walk can turn you into a heavy-breathing-chunder-machine…. Luckily we only experienced mild symptoms.

I want a Gelada baboon! They look like they just climbed out of a bad 80s music video with their flowing David Lee Roth (Van Halen) hair doos. They have these amazing weathered faces and a freakishly inteligent look in their eyes.

These guys graze on wild tyme in herds of up to 400 baboons! They are so chilled and not even in the slightest bit concerned about us hanging around and grazing with them. We spent about 2 hours just sitting amoungst the herd, watching and listening. This was probably one of the most awesome new years eves we have ever had!

Haile Gabre Selassie is an Ehtiopian long distance running legend! He’s smashed world records, won Olympic gold medals and still lives in home town of Addis Ababa.

One thought on “Ethiopia – Gonder”

  1. Charlize says:

    Amazing pictures guys! Really takes me back. When I was there (almost 10 years ago!) I only owned a point and shoot film camera. I found my old negatives the other day and am now very excited to get them converted to digital so I can relive the memories.

    The pictures of the children are the best. I remember how all the little girls wanted to walk with me holding my hands and singing songs. So sweet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Andy & Szerdi on Instagram

  • Post ceremony hangouts.
  • From that insane backlight, you would never guess it bucketed down until 5 minutes before Kerry and Shane’s ceremony.
  • Kerry and Shane. Just a classic portrait. What you can’t see are the swarms of ants crawling up their feet and the tons of flies buzzing around their heads. Unexpected stories are the most fun, and the ones you always remember.
  • Some just married goodness 🔥
  • This love is 🔥
  • On Tuesday we got to witness Elaine and George say their “hell yeahs” to each other in the most magical stone cathedral in the Highlands outside of Sydney.
  • After 3 weeks of pretty much being camera free, we decided to get our eye back into it so we set ourselves a little challenge : weird portraits of each other shot only with our iPhones, in hard light with the crowds at the Sydney opera house and edited only with our phones. And it was so damn fun!
  • Have these two faces: A - just woken from a nap. B - just smoked a fatty. C - just had a massage on the beach. This is probably the quietest we’ve  been on IG since we joined it many moons ago. I fluctuate between feeling like our business is going to fall apart without giving it my constant attention, and relishing in being disconnected for a bit... All I know is we needed the rest 🙌🏽
  • When that first kiss literally sweeps you off your feet 💜
  • About 5 minutes into Carli and Karel’s ceremony it started raining pretty hard, but it cleared up just in time for the official being married bits 🙌🏽
  • Rosie and Deane, being all sexy and in love. Also, I am still beyond in love with her @sadiebosworthatelier dress 😱
  • Carli and Karel and some cool ass glass building lines ☺️

We Choose Adventure on Instagram

  • People watching from the shade.
  • Exploring the narrow streets and alleyways of Stone Town, Zanzibar. This place reminds us so much of the old part of Jeddah with the African/Arab cross culture and architecture.
  • It may be “sun’s out, guns out”, but it’s “balls out” at sunset when the heat finally let’s up.
  • Excellent vibe on what’s left of the beach at high tide.
  • Ocean and people watching from a shadey spot. The guy on the right, dressed in tradition Masai garb, is David. We had along chat about tattoos before he sold me a bracelet.
  • Dear god it’s hot. But also quite nice.
  • Hello Zanzibar 🤗 Can’t wait to get in that water!
  • We’re a hazard when we’re walking the streets cus we’re always looking up and bumping into people. Obsessed with the beautiful Dutch architecture!
  • If you really want to blow your mind in Amsterdam, try walking round an art gallery after visiting a “coffeeshop”. 🤯
  • Yesterday it was sunny, but the overcast sky and light drizzle suit this place way more. #wechooseadventure_scotland #wechooseadventure
  • Exploring Edinburgh at night. In this place, if it’s not raining, it’s about to rain. #wechooseadventure #wechooseadventure_scotland
  • Made a special mission to see these guys in Glasgow last night. Absolutely epic! @coheed

These are some of the awesome blogs we've been featured on


Website designed by us and custom built by Andy. Check out his website company Andy Stent - Wordpress Website Development for more info.