Danakil Desert is one of the hottest and cruelest places on earth with temperatures rarely falling below 40-60 C (104-140 F) during the day. Salt mining has been the livelihood of the Afar people for hundreds of years, and still continues to this day. Barren landscape, dust storms, unbearable heat and no water – hard to believe how anything can survive here. As the caravan neared, I heard the men yelling something and pointing at my water bottle, without hesitation I gave them all the water I had with me. The setting sun does little to relieve the heat and they still had at least an hour to the nearest village.
The legends of Lalibela state that angels and men built the churches together. To this day the exact details of their construction remain a mystery. Each one is hewn from solid rock top to bottom. Pictured above is the famous church of St George. It took us a while to find it - one can only see the top when up close, at first glance it's difficult to imagine the church is actually 50meters (150 feet) tall underground.