A Curmudgeon Back Home

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A Curmudgeon Back Home
Enthusiastically jaded observations and occasional rants by an expatriate.
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  • It's *Buna Time in the Piazza! 4 days ago Passing by the Tiglachin ትግላችን ("Our struggle") monument in a taxi. This Derg ደርግ-related structure is a memorial to Cuban and Ethiopian soldiers who turned back invading Somali forces in the 1977-8 Ogaden War. It begs future exploration...The best-laid plans of mice and men.The...
  • When in Addis Ababa, do as the Chinese 1 week ago A pair of cats prowl the Korean restaurant where we had lunch on Saturday afternoon. Addis Ababa has a large stray dog population, and we've been advised not to touch the cats or dogs on the streets due to rabies concernsWell, it's our third weekend in Addis Ababa አዲሱ አበባ, and we've yet...
  • TIA 2 weeks ago The view from our third-floor balcony on a clear dayHere at last, here at last, thank god almighty, we're here at last! In Africa for the first time! After a long flight from Washington, D.C. via Frankfurt, we arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on the final Friday in July to begin...
  • Waive your arms in the air like you just don't care... 4 weeks ago It was once a cutting-edge independent record label. Now it's an airport boutique trading in grunge-themed nostalgia (flannel shirts, anyone?). Getting old bites at times...I've been placed on waivers, and having not been claimed by any other foreign ministry, the State Department has rescinded the...
  • It's a fact...that I was shepherded around 2 months ago Coming face to face with a Confederate soldiers' cemetery. I wish I weren't in Dixie...Time continues on its inexorable march, much like Sherman's soldiers to the sea. Our departure for Addis Ababa is fewer than a dozen days away, and that time will be spent sorting through our possessions trying...

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Fredfong
09:30 AM January 27, 2015

excellent insight....

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