Feelings you may have experienced if you have lived in Ethiopia

1. Ever been to Addis Abeba? Then you have most likely had to cross Bole Road on foot. It is always as terrifying. You tell yourself that fear is just a feeling. You are not afraid. As long as you say you are not afraid you are not. Those cars will stop, won’t they? WILL THEY? Crossing Bole Road is a roller coaster of near-death, near-rage experiences. Experience doesn’t help here. It is always as terrifying.

Photo by vassilis https://www.flickr.com/photos/vassilisonline/10779049845
Photo by vassilis https://www.flickr.com/photos/vassilisonline/10779049845

2. That feeling when you have first spent one hour putting credit on your internet device and then the connection doesn’t work.

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3. When somebody yells at you (for the 5th time during the day): You! Where are you go!

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4. When you spot a foreigner like yourself on the street and struggle not to stare, point and yell: You! Where are you go!

Photo by John C Bullas https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnbullas/3754767976
Photo by John C Bullas https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnbullas/3754767976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. There is a power cut and at first you think it is oh so romantic to light candles, drink wine and just hang.

Photo by Jill Clardy https://www.flickr.com/photos/jillclardy/4223417667
Photo by Jill Clardy
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jillclardy/4223417667

6. But after the power cut has lasted five hours you are going crazy. Where is all the light!?!??!

Photo by  Khánh Hmoong https://www.flickr.com/photos/hmoong/12479924884  
Photo by
Khánh Hmoong https://www.flickr.com/photos/hmoong/12479924884

7. When you visit Addis Abeba and see the abundance in the supermarkets. You see cheese and yoghurts and strawberries and anything a human being could possibly ever dream of. You buy some cheese.

Photo by bermudi https://www.flickr.com/photos/deadoikos/445814968
Photo by bermudi https://www.flickr.com/photos/deadoikos/445814968

8. Then you meet a person (usually a foreigner) who lives in Addis Abeba and they complain about the lack of abundance in the supermarkets.

Photo by Tambako the jaguar www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/11369377675
Photo by Tambako the jaguar http://www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/11369377675

9. When you no longer wonder at the sight of multiple pigeons flying around in your local gym. It’s more like: Good afternoon Mr. Pigeon. Leg day?

By: Dirk Borchers https://www.flickr.com/photos/dirkborchers/2972000880
By: Dirk Borchers https://www.flickr.com/photos/dirkborchers/2972000880

10. When somebody from home suggests you start watching movies and series from Netflix. (see also point 2).

Photo by: US Army Garrison Red Cloud https://www.flickr.com/photos/usagrc/15393984370
Photo by: US Army Garrison Red Cloud
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usagrc/15393984370

11. When you sadly realize most news concerning Africa in the western media tend to be negative.

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2 thoughts on “Feelings you may have experienced if you have lived in Ethiopia

  1. Hi. I am a youn guy who has the opportunity to move to Bahir dar and work there on an new fish farm that will start soon.

    I am Flying their for a week, 5-10April, to see what it is like.

    Could you please tell me more about how it is to live there?

    I am a white afrikaans speaking male.. 30 years old.. In a very good job.. Not sure if I should move..

    Hope to hear from you.. And maby meet in Ethiopia

    Kind regards
    gabri

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