Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

A country of religious festivals

Religion plays an important role in Ethiopia. Many days on the Orthodox calendar are a national holiday, and from an outsider’s prospective, it seems that the secular is  easily mixed … Continue reading

September 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

The largest market in Africa

I had heard a lot about Merkato, the biggest open-air market in Addis Ababa and Africa.  Many stories circulate about it; it is known for being a stronghold for pickpockets, … Continue reading

September 21, 2011 · 2 Comments

End of week two, start of third week

I have been here for two weeks exactly. I feel much better than in the first week, I only occasionally have that claustrophobic sensation of not being able to breathe … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Getting used to a new way of living…

A lot in Addis happens behind barb wired walls and guarded gates, and that’s something we have to get used to. In many places, we have to go through thorough … Continue reading

September 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Discovering the food

We’ve hardly cooked since we moved here.  As we’re still waiting for our container (which may take another month), we currently have to use very basic kitchen tools, which include … Continue reading

September 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

New Year’s Day

Today is the start of the New Year according to the Ethiopian calendar. Ethiopia never adopted the Gregorian calendar, which was introduced in Europe at the end of the 16th … Continue reading

September 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

A house in Addis

We live in an area called Old Airport because that’s where the airport used to be before it moved south of the city to Bole. It is considered as one of … Continue reading

September 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Arriving in Addis

Moving somewhere new is always difficult, but moving to Addis Ababa is quite a shock!  What struck me first coming from Europe was not the poverty, the chaos or the … Continue reading

September 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

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