Wednesday, June 17, 2015
qas be’qas inqulal be’igru yeheydal… little by little, an egg goes by foot…
After unpacking and showering, I slept most of Day 1.
Above activity was repeated on Day 3.
Accordingly, my Uncle was able to remark gently, complimenting my display of fortitude on Day 2 as our car first inched through the traffic jam of Piassa, and then snaked through the dusty throngs of stuff-hawkers, stuff-shoppers and the occasional donkey or sheep crowding the streets of Merkato --- “You have to be crazy to go to Merkato on your second day in Addis.”
Day 4, Sunday, I took to the streets – be’iger, by foot
Sunday, June 07, 2015
The blogosphere is as different nine years later as Addis Ababa is.
The both have seen tremendous “development” – or growth – or, simply, change.
I arrived in Addis around six o’clock on the morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015 -- or, twelve o’clock by Ethiopian time, which (rather sanely) is oriented to sunrise and sunset (even if somewhat metaphorically).
And while I don’t know the date by the Ethiopian calendar rather than Gregorian, I do know that the day that I arrived was --- The Day of the Downfall of the Derg.
All the banks were closed for the national holiday. I couldn’t exchange any of that cash that I carried close on my person to the other side of the world.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
To You, Friends of the Diaspora,
Below are two stories providing a brief background as to why I grew motivated to return to Addis Abeba… and am writing from there now – “as we speak”.
(For background on the background, see after the stories.)
May these stories find and leave you well! Cheers,