Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

Driving licence

This week I had to make time to renew my Ethiopian driving licence. Due to my dislike of long and cumbersome bureaucratic procedures, I kept postponing it until I had … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

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I have seen for a few months now an increasing number of advertisements for family planning and contraception in the streets of Addis. Huge billboards for condoms, Intra Uterine Devices … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Funerals the Ethiopian way

In the last two weeks, my friend Manale has been mourning for the lost of her sister (biologically her cousin but she was a sister to her) who tragically succombed … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Destino Dance Company

I went to see a dance performance by a new dance company, Destino, at the Alliance Ethio-française a few days ago. The show was quite impressive particularly the choreography performed … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment


I took my yougest son (he’s six) for a haircut yesterday, to a local hairdresser I usually go to and conveniently located in a recently built shopping mall, the Laphto … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 1 Comment


I have been relatively quiet as I am currently undergoing an ayurveda detox treatment, which means that for ten days I have to stop drinking coffee, tea, alcohol and eat … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ethiopia’s neighbour Uganda

I am just back from another work assignment, in Uganda this time.  It sounds like I am travelling to many exotic places, but for the readers who haven’t followed, I … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Expanding handbag business

I braved the traffic and the bad roads to go to my friend Fitsum’s workshop across town on the CMC road as it’s known as. Fitsum has a small business … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Money, money, money…

Back in Addis after a five-week stay in Europe, I was very disappointed to find out that one of my favourite restaurants, called La Mandoline, had closed down. I liked … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 5 Comments

Mandela’s gun

As the whole World is in mourning after Nelson Mandela’s death, a famous story is being recalled and talked about in Ethiopia: that of Mandela’s gun. Nelson Mandela visited Ethiopia … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment
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