Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

About Salambo in Addis

Salambo was born in Rome. Like many writers before me, I moved to the Eternal City, innocently believing that life would be great just because the city is so amazingly beautiful and unique. But the reality of living there was an unexpected struggle. The outsider I was could not pretend to be part of the city so easily. So I started roaming in Rome, mentally following the many writers and travellers who tried to understand before me what made this city so great. To share my experience, I started writing about it through Salamboblog. I became Salambo, so when life took me to new shores in the highlands of Ethiopia, Salambo came with me.

Now in Addis Ababa, I am once again an outsider. An outsider in a different context, a different reality, but nevertheless an outsider. Probably even more of an outsider for not speaking the national language, Amharic. Through Salambo, I want to share my experience of living in Addis, the growing capital city of one of the poorest countries in the world, at a time of change. Just like Rome, Ethiopia has its own contradictions. I am trying to understand them while observing, listening, reading and travelling through the country. Follow me…



12 comments on “About Salambo in Addis

  1. travelsaroundmykitchen
    September 12, 2011

    Hello! Super blog. Je reviendrai!
    Biz Diane

    • Salambo
      September 13, 2011

      Thank you Travel around my kitchen!! I need new recipes for Ethiopia, I’m lost when it comes to cooking here…will soon write about eating in Addis, so you’ll know what kind of produce we find here :))

  2. Bob
    January 13, 2013

    Your views can be sometimes taken as Marie-Antoinette-esk but are still intersting.

    • Salambo
      January 14, 2013

      OMG, not Marie-Antoinette!! That resonates for the French person I am!! Anyway, I can’t hide the fact that I am living in privileged conditions here (it wouldn’t be honest), but I hope I can still keep enough distance to observe life. Thanks for your comment and thanks for reading what I write…:)

  3. oeildecat
    January 15, 2013

    Magnifique blog!

  4. Bou
    November 6, 2013

    Hi Dom

    It’s great for a homebody like me to feel like I’m sharing the experiences of living somewhere outside Europe… nel bene e nel male. I bet your time in Addis will be one of those life experiences that you will look back upon with great affection and nostalgia.

    When are you coming through Rome again, I’d love to see you!

    Bou x

    • Salambo
      November 6, 2013

      Hi Bou…I understand now that we didn’t go for the easiest of place!!! See you soon in Roma 🙂

  5. attachment disorder
    September 13, 2014

    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here
    and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
    Great work!

    • Salambo
      September 14, 2014

      Thank you! It’s a WordPress theme…i was actually thinking of changing it because of the navigation, hard to find older pieces, no?

  6. Marie
    November 20, 2014

    First of all: Thank you! You write so beautifully about Ethiopia (my birth country), I am happy I found this page. Do you have Instagram too?

    • Salambo
      November 24, 2014

      Thank you Marie! I have instagram on a personal account so i don’t use it for Salambo, maybe i should? Thanks for the suggestion, you’re giving me an idea:)

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