It seems everyone I know has a quiet spark of brilliance upon eating Ethiopian food for the first time: There is a market for this! So I felt no surprise when my sister-in-law, Woubie, told me that her friends were already working on a plan to market teff, the gluten-free grain indigenous to Ethiopia. After all […]

One good thing about being forced to eat liver and onions as a child is that one gains a tolerance, and a bit of a craving for unusual food. Although this is not about Ethiopia, I thought I’d share a bit from our recent adventure in Cape Town, South Africa.

For today’s cultural lesson, I thought I’d share this BBC explanation of Ethiopian’s counting system. To us, it seems bizarre. To our computers, however, it’s ages ahead of its time. Also, if you missed my earlier post, be sure to read: Adjusting to Ethiopian time.  

So our tour guide leads us through a series of panels depicting familiar Bible stories — the parting of the Red Sea, the birth of Jesus, the exile into Egypt — then he points to the image above and says, “And this picture shows when St. George slayed the dragon.” My Roman Catholic education must […]

Did you know that beyond the Greek and Roman ruins, beneath the Egyptian pyramids, and deep into the Abyss (i.e. Abyssinia aka Ethiopia), there exists a collection of 11 churches, all formed from excavated rock? Commissioned by King Lalibela of Ethiopia about 900 years ago, legend says that the whole collection was built in only […]

It has been many months now since I traveled to Ethiopia, and although I kept notes in an old-fashioned Moleskin journal, technology limitations prevented me from sharing that experience with others. So I thought I would share this with you in the typical Ethiopian way … a bit late. In fact, the Ethiopian calendar runs more than […]