An Ethiopian Diary: Mountainous Maji



Maji captured my heart. I know, I know — I’ve been going on and on about the beauty, but it’s all true.

Most people are surprised by landscapes like Maji in Ethiopia. They often say, “I don’t think of Africa as mountainous.” I suspect that this is because most people’s views of Africa involve safaris.

But many parts of Ethiopia actually are mountainous. It is said to be one reason Ethiopia is the only African nation not to be colonized. The mountains made it hard to attack and easier to defend. That’s a big deal.

As my friend and team member Nahosenay recently pointed out, “We don’t have a Independence Day, because we only have Victory Days.” Pretty badass, I think! This creates a rich culture and sense of identity. It makes Ethiopia a peaceful and loving place to visit.

About Stephanie Schlatter Art

Stephanie Schlatter is an Artist who draws from the world for inspiration. While she calls Grand Rapids, Michigan, home she’s often off on new adventures. For more than a decade, her journeys have taken her across the globe. She has studied art both locally and abroad, including time in Mexico, where she decided to shift her focus from photography to painting. Stephanie's travels led her to found Absolutely Art: A Project for Change in 2006. Through this non-profit organization, she brings art instruction to the children of Ethiopia while supporting their education. Stephanie's work reflects an expression influenced by other cultures which resonates a variety of influences that have given her work direction.

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