The girls in the north of Ethiopia are wearing their hair in the Tigrayan haistyle, the so-called shoruba. That's meaning they wear their hair tight in front, mostly plaited. At the backside they have a kind of, yes of what... I don't know how to call it , so look at the picture and find out.
These girls we met north of Debark on our way to Shire and Aksum. They were standing at one of the most splendid viewpoints at the Simien Mountains with their colourful umbrella.
Along the main track in the town Debark you can find this peculiar sign, warning the local people against aids. At this sign the condom to give protection is wrapped around the forefinger.
Our guide told us that the town is called aids-town and that some women became pregnant and people got HIV infected, though they used preservatives. "We did what the sign said, wrapped it around our forefinger...'' is what the story tells. Maybe the guide is joking, otherwise they have to change their campaign drastically.
When you return from your trip is comon to spend your crew a drink and as a rule of thumb: tip the hired guys for two days work a one day salary!