Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

Rampant inflation

For the first time in my life, I live in a country where inflation is a daily reality. Until now, my knowledge of inflation was confined to theoretical books or … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 9 Comments

From cattle to handbag

With one of the largest herds of cattle in the world, Ethiopia has a long tradition of working with leather. There are many tanneries in the country producing very fine … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

Weekend break in the lake region

When residents of Addis want to escape the city, they usually go to Lake Langano, one of a number of lakes in the so-called middle rift valley. Langano is particularly … Continue reading

October 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

The land of Rastafarians

I am in Shashemene, about 250 kms south of Addis, a town famous for its Rastafarian community. It was emperor Selassie who granted land in that region to African descendants … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Visiting Lucy…

After a few weeks of trying to establish a new daily routine, I took time to visit the Ethiopian National Museum in Addis, where the remains of Lucy, the famous … Continue reading

October 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Struggling with communications

As we learn to live with power cuts, we also struggle with notoriously bad communications. Ethiopia is known for that. Fixed line phones, mobiles and the internet do not function … Continue reading

October 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

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