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.
2. That feeling when you have first spent one hour putting credit on your internet device and then the connection doesn’t work.
3. When somebody yells at you (for the 5th time during the day): You! Where are you go!
4. When you spot a foreigner like yourself on the street and struggle not to stare, point and yell: You! Where are you go!
5. There is a power cut and at first you think it is oh so romantic to light candles, drink wine and just hang.
6. But after the power cut has lasted five hours you are going crazy. Where is all the light!?!??!
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.
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.
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?
10. When somebody from home suggests you start watching movies and series from Netflix. (see also point 2).
11. When you sadly realize most news concerning Africa in the western media tend to be negative.