Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

Ethiopia in America

Back into my golden cage after a temporary escape to NYC. Hard to come back after two weeks of freedom. To my surprise, what I enjoyed the most there wasn’t … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Women in Addis (V): Amakeletch and La Parisienne pastry shop

Amakeletch Teferi is another woman entrepreneur who runs a successful business in Addis.  Initially trained as an agronomist, she set up the chain of café-bakeries La Parisienne a with her family 15 … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

Women of Addis (IV): Bethlehem and her soleRebels organic shoes

Everybody in Addis is wearing soleRebels shoes or sandals, the fair trade shoes developed a few years ago by young woman entrepreneur Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu. At just 32, she is … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Women of Addis (III): Mitslal and her ECOPIA jam and soap

I met Mitslal Kifleyesus-Matschie for the first time last year in the café at the Hilton. At the time, she was moving back permanently to Ethiopia after many years living … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Women of Addis (II): Hiruth Gougsa’s MELA label

Inspired by the Alene sisters, Hiruth Gougsa set up her own business making handbags made in Ethiopia, which she sells in her attractive ethnic store in the Bole area. For … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

Women of Addis (I): the Alene sisters at St George’s gallery

As I am getting to know Addis and its people better, I was struck by how dynamic and entrepreneurial Ethiopian women are. Some of the most successful medium size niche … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Italians of Addis

I recently had dinner at Castelli’s, one of the most famous Italian restaurants in Addis and an institution in the city. When searching online about it, I was surprised to … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 5 Comments

Ethiopian Oscars Ceremony

Through my involvement at the Alliance Ethio-Française in Addis, I got an invitation for the opening of the Colours of the Nile International Film Festival. I didn’t know about it … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

Saturday afternoon at LeLa’s gallery

Now that Meskel and the New Year are over, life is slowly returning to normal in Addis. As part of our “routine” life here, we try to find things to … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

The gem in the gemstones

I have to start talking about the people I meet in Addis. Like many foreigners, we tend to regroup together at the start, but slowly we “branch out” to get … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · 4 Comments

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