My article “Coming to Ethiopia!” is about why I decided to visit Ethiopia. In a nutshell, I’d previously volunteered with an organisation called Projects Abroad during my round-the-world trip in 2017 (teaching music in the Galapagos).
Looking on their website for something to do for my next trip I found a placement as an intern journalist for a respected English-language newspaper called The Reporter in Ethiopia and thought it looked interesting!
Staying with a host family in the city, with the help of the Projects Abroad staff (who were amazing) I explored the sights and sounds of Addis Ababa looking for interesting subjects to write about.
Along the way I:
- visited the main sights, including churches, museums and a quick look around the National Theatre;
- sampled the local food (including the Italian restaurants, which I later wrote about in my article “Eating out in Addis: Italian style”);
- rode the crowded shared taxis to and from the office in Bole;
- spent one lunch break perusing the shopping malls in the vicinity;
- visited Africa’s biggest open-air market (which was the subject of my article “Mercato through the eyes of a ferengi“);
- climbed to the top of Entoto Hill just outside the city, altitude 3,200m;
- played pool (something I try and do in every country I visit!);
- enjoyed a bottle or two of the local beer;
- had a stolen afternoon at the Sheraton with the other Projects Abroad volunteer (we could afford one cocktail each and shared a brownie);
- and went to a cultural evening and enjoyed seeing traditional dancing and music.
Over time I will write individual diary posts about each experience, in the meantime I hope my Addis Gallery (below) gives a flavour of the city.