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Another old-school piece - no crop, no shop, no saturation.

The Danikil Depression trip is far easier than it sounds like it was even 5 years ago - there are quite a few tours (mainly running from Mekele) which can take on much of the negotiations that have always seemed to be a feature of access to this part of the world. It is still a fairly adventurous trip: most of it around 100m below sea level, temperatures in the forties (or even fifties if you are on summer holidays), some of the roads look like bare lava fields that have been painted with two wheel-strips.

The Afar region has always been tough and life has frequently been fairly cheap. Proximity to the Eritrean border has added a modern touch to the potential for violence. Security has always been required and keeping a close eye on the tour-leader at lunch time leads to some fascinating sights - every day the 'toll' and the security are renegotiated - lots of haggling and with currency and bags of rice and basic foodstuffs changing hands in exchange for local back-up with AK47s plus some regular Ethiopian army.

Our soldier was posing next to the Dallol sulpher fields with fellow tourists posing next to him - I made sure I had the tourists cropped out, but I did lose the bottom of his foot out the frame.

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