The obelisks are massive and one wonders how they were erected. It seems to be a mystery though many theories exist. One of them has fallen and it gives you a sense of the heft of these stones. Below is the fractured one.
The Orthodox Church in town is dedicated to St. Mary and is believed to house the ark of the covenant. Ironically, where the ark is located is off-limits to women. The lady in our group was motioned away from that site. There were many women within the compound but none were allowed within that area.
Prayer is an important aspect of the local population. Indeed, this morning's public address system for believers was addressed to Christians. It was an early wake up call. No one can claim that Ethiopians are malingerers. Attending church is a family affair and this child has just done his devotion.
By midday, it is hot and we get hungry. A 15 year-old student approached us and struck up a conversation. Articulate and friendly, he did come on to us as a promotional representative. He simply wanted a chat. We learned about his life in the village and his aspirations to read history and study maths at university. How refreshing to meet a fine young man without ulterior motives. Kbrom has a bright future, wherever life takes him.