Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

After Dashen restaurant, Fendika is to go…

There is no stopping to the plan of erasing old Addis to build a new city. After Dashen, one of the best Ethiopian restaurants and an institution in the city, … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Fourth time back

For the fourth time now, I am back in Addis after a long summer break in Europe. This time, my first week here was quite eventful: it started with a … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

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

On the coffee trail

The longer I live in Ethiopia, the more I realise that coffee is the heart beat of the country. It is a major export crop, it is a livehood for … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 4 Comments

Tiya Stelae

The Tiya Stelae field, about 80 kilometres south of Addis on the Butajira road, is one of Ethiopia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is made of some 41 engraved standing … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

When King Lalibela went South

Ethiopia has such a rich cultural heritage with sites such as the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela or the walled city of Harar, that the church of Adadi Mariam in the … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

A special visitor

I have been so busy in the past few weeks that I somehow neglected this blog, so I’ll try to catch up on it. A month ago, I had the … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment


Ethiopian Orthodox Easter which falls the same day as Western Easter this year, is one of the biggest celebrations in the festive calendar. All over the country, people are preparing … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Driving licence

This week I had to make time to renew my Ethiopian driving licence. Due to my dislike of long and cumbersome bureaucratic procedures, I kept postponing it until I had … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Members Only

I have seen for a few months now an increasing number of advertisements for family planning and contraception in the streets of Addis. Huge billboards for condoms, Intra Uterine Devices … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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