Salambo in Addis

Salambo discovering Ethiopia

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

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

The Emperor’s old Palace

I am currently reading a fascinating biography of the late emperor Haile Selassie by the Italian historian Angelo del Boca, an author who has written extensively about the Horn of … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · 6 Comments

Addis 1960s Architecture

I recently attended a conference at the Goethe Institute on 1960s architecture in Addis. Addis may not be known internationally for its architecture, however it has some unique examples of … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · 6 Comments

The ancient Kingdom of Axum

Before spending a few days in Gheralta, we had a cultural stop in the northern city of Axum where we flew to from Addis. Axum, often considered as the cradle … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

The lost tribes of Israel

Gondar was once the magnificent capital of the 17th century Ethiopian Empire, as mentioned in a previous post, but it was also the home of the Jewish people of Ethiopia, … Continue reading

June 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

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

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