Salambo discovering Ethiopia
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…
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