Before my visit to Ethiopia I had no idea what to expect. I pictured a dry, barren, brown landscape and instead discovered lush green mountains. On the show we traveled to the town of Lalibela, where the incredible St George Church is literally cut into the red rock. The town is located at 7,000 feet above sea level and inhabited by a mere 15,000 people. Following one of our pit-stops, I decided I couldn’t miss the opportunity to go for a run with the locals. Our destination? A local, 10,000-foot-high mountain. As we headed out of town dozens of local kids, all fit and incredibly enthusiastic, joined us for the run. After an hour of climbing, one of them effortlessly ran past me. When I approached him, he said, “You’re pretty fit for an old man.” Looking down I realized he was wearing a cheap pair of plastic shoes. After being invited into his home for tea at the end of the run, I arranged to get some proper running shows for the young man, who descends 3,000 feet every day for school and then climbs 3,000 feet back home.