Linked here are photos from our long layover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city.
I’ve wanted to go to Ethiopia for years now. Why? The food! Ethiopian cuisine is a colorful mix of fresh salads and flavorful stew all eaten by hand with bits of a flat sourdough bread called injera. Em and I lived down the street from a great Ethiopian restaurant in Berkeley, and in the years we lived there, I tried many of the small businesses opened by California’s small but entrepreneurial Ethiopian community.
Another reason was, surprisingly, jazz. Ethiopia had a “golden age” of jazz in the 1960’s and 70’s, a genre I discovered by chance through the music of Mulatu Astatke. Haunting, rich, and full of awesome harmonies, Ethiopian jazz captured my ears just as spicy Ethiopian berbere entranced my taste buds.
Clearly, I had built this country up in my head. Because of this, I was very eager to see Addis myself, check my assumptions at the door, and experience as much of the city as possible with what little time we had. Our 10 hours there did not disappoint, and we walked away exhausted, full to the brim with food, and eager to return one day when not on our way to somewhere else.
Stay tuned – we’re just 9 days away from the end of our trip. Photos from 6 weeks in Israel are coming soon.