Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

Syrian refugees begging in the streets of Addis

It was a shocking sight, one that we have not seen before and that goes against all our established ideas: white people begging in the streets of a city in … Continue reading

April 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

1960s architecture in Addis

For readers interested in Modernist architecture in Addis from the 1960s, I thought I would share here a story I wrote earlier this year for Selamta, the in-flight magazine of … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Farewell to Addis

This blog has been particularly silent in the past few months for a very good reason: I have returned to live in Europe and have therefore been extremely busy with … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

New Dashen opened

As I got a few queries on this blog about the new Dashen, I can confirm that it has re-opened a few months ago in a new location in Kasanchis … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Dashen Demolished

It happened. After months of uncertainty, the decision fell for Dashen restaurant to close down. The whole process didn’t take long, we had a goodbye lunch on a Sunday some … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Northern Light in Addis

What a great opportunity to have Olafur Eliasson’s work exhibited in Addis for the first time ever! The Danish artist Eliasson needs no introduction, he is a very established international … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Armenians of Addis

People who have lived in Addis for a while know that the Armenians have a strong presence in the city, even if today very few of them remain in Ethiopia. The … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

A city without parks

Addis used to be a green city full of lush gardens and flowers, with tall palm trees, thriving avocado trees, forever-purple jacaranda trees, deep red and fuchsia bongainvilles, aloe vera … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lunch at Taitu hotel

Finally some good news, the Taitu hotel is not as damaged by the fire as we previously thought. I went back there for lunch today, the restaurant, practically untouched, has … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Timkat or the Ethiopian celebration of Epiphany

Addis is still wearing its festive colours after the Timkat celebrations which took place on Monday. All the streets of the capital were decorated with yellow, red and green (the … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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