Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

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

Dashen, a soon to be gone institution in Addis

Before I virtually close down for the summer, I have to write about Dashen restaurant, one of the best traditional Ethiopian in Addis, as it may not be there when … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Funerals the Ethiopian way

In the last two weeks, my friend Manale has been mourning for the lost of her sister (biologically her cousin but she was a sister to her) who tragically succombed … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Destino Dance Company

I went to see a dance performance by a new dance company, Destino, at the Alliance Ethio-française a few days ago. The show was quite impressive particularly the choreography performed … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mandela’s gun

As the whole World is in mourning after Nelson Mandela’s death, a famous story is being recalled and talked about in Ethiopia: that of Mandela’s gun. Nelson Mandela visited Ethiopia … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fall of the Derg

Last week Ethiopia celebrated the fall of the Derg regime (on 28 May on the international calendar to be precise). The Derg (which means committee in Amharic) was the bloody … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Expat life carries on as AU celebrates its 50th anniversary

I don’t need to mention that Addis Abeba was in the news this weekend with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the African Union, the pan-African organisation based in … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Job not permitted

There are days I really have no inspiration to write so limited my life in Addis feels. If I didn’t constantly make an effort to get out to expose myself … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 7 Comments

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