Ethiopia. One of those countries that we all have heard but knew very little about. The mention of this country brings an exotic sound where one might imagine well-fashioned and accessorized tribes in a mountainous backdrop. That’s how it was for me at least.
Luckily, that daydreaming had come to an end. The nature of my work, fortunately, gave me the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this country.
As I saw Ethiopia for the first-time coming out from Bole Airport, and shortly after, from the balcony of our hotel, I took a nice and long sweeping glance at Addis Ababa.
“Hmmm” so this is Ethiopia. It was like any other East African countries, I thought.
I was wrong.
I have stayed for 3 weeks and had a good impression. It has a very rich culture and stunning landscapes. It’s the birthplace of coffee, home to one of the lowest areas of land on earth and a country that has never been colonised. They were briefly “occupied” by the Italians but again, never colonized. This makes their country even more enigmatic because visiting would be like being in the past and present at the same time. So here goes: