Once we all sat down and plowed through a hot meal and then realized that we actually made it to the top (I had my doubts), we started to explore the plateau. Lalibela Hudad is an eco lodge on the top of a plateau. The website describes the lodge as being "luxury". I completely disagree.
|The dining and kitchen area of Hudad|
There is nothing luxurious about this lodge. There is no electricity, no running water, no indoor plumbing. The toilet is a hole in the ground in a bush 30 feet from your dark freezing cold room. The staff would bring a bowl of hot water to your room for a bath if you wanted (we didn't want-it was so damn freezing up there). All the cooking is done by Ethiopian women in a stone kitchen by open fire. The second night for an Ethiopian buffet fresh injera was made and a goat and two chickens were slaughtered. The girls and I watched as the women cornered the chickens under the table and then grabbed them by their necks as they skwaked. Surely, these chickens knew their fate. The goat was carried down from a higher plateau on a local tribe woman on her back. I can honestly say, it was the best Ethiopian food I've tasted. It may not be luxury, but Hudad is the most authentic Ethiopian experience I've ever had. Once I came to terms with the fact that I was essentially camping at the top of a mountain with my family, I loved it!
|beautiful fresh ingredients|
|our dinner on night two|
|how in the world do you control the temp on this thing?|
|our room. Inside were two beds and a bench on top of a dirt covered stone floor. We were given candles for dark. Luckily the beds were comfy and piled high with heavy warm blankets.|