Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

Weekend break in the lake region

When residents of Addis want to escape the city, they usually go to Lake Langano, one of a number of lakes in the so-called middle rift valley. Langano is particularly … Continue reading

October 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

The land of Rastafarians

I am in Shashemene, about 250 kms south of Addis, a town famous for its Rastafarian community. It was emperor Selassie who granted land in that region to African descendants … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

A budding textile industry

Ethiopia has a long tradition of working with textiles, particularly for traditional clothing and household decoration. In my quest for discovering the city, I went on an (organised) tour of … Continue reading

October 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Visiting Lucy…

After a few weeks of trying to establish a new daily routine, I took time to visit the Ethiopian National Museum in Addis, where the remains of Lucy, the famous … Continue reading

October 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Struggling with communications

As we learn to live with power cuts, we also struggle with notoriously bad communications. Ethiopia is known for that. Fixed line phones, mobiles and the internet do not function … Continue reading

October 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Breakfast out, while waiting for the end of the power cut

I finally went to Piassa (from the Italian word piazza), one of the oldest area in Addis, and maybe the only one which still has old buildings dating from the … Continue reading

October 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

Risking the road

In many countries, driving is a serious cultural issue. For the British, the Parisians are erratic drivers; the French think the Italians behave madly behind the wheel while for the … Continue reading

October 3, 2011 · 1 Comment

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