Region outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Credit: Courtesy Tony Hawk

Hawk visited Ethiopia earlier this year on behalf of Charity:Water, helping women in small towns lug water from communal wells to their villages. He said the experience was as positive as it was unexpected. "I never imagined myself going there, so it was great to have a catalyst to visit," says Hawk. "I got to go to some of the smaller cities outside Addis, and the people were so excited to have visitors." Hawk stayed at the Gheralta Lodge, a well-appointed inn at the foot of the looming Gheralta Mountains and close to one of the world's oldest churches. One of the biggest surprises: the surfeit of excellent Italian food, a tasty remnant of the country's colonial era.