My First Impressions Of Ethiopia
It won’t take you long to realise that Ethiopia is a country of contrasts.
I’ve seen a shepherd guide his flock between a brand new Mercedes and a building site. I’ve watched the local women, high heeled and impeccably dressed, wade through ankle deep layers of dust. No place I’ve been to combines riches and poverty quite like Addis Ababa.
This post is supposed to be about my first impressions of Ethiopia, but let’s be honest – what capital is actually representative of its country? Capitals are large, noisy and cosmopolitan. Addis is no different.
I should also mention that is technically my second first impression of the country. I was lucky enough to visit two years ago (see video below), but only spent 48 hours there. Despite only being there for such a short time it left a huge impression on me. I desperately searched for Ethiopian food in ever city I’ve lived in since then – all three of them. I dreamt of the day I would come back.
And unlike most things you build up in your head, my return did not disappoint. Ethiopia truly is one of the most uniquely delightful countries I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The injera is just as soft as I remember it being. The people are just as warm. Daily life is just as fun and overwhelming as I recall.
I am truly excited to get out of Addis Ababa and explore the countryside. But for the time being I’m having more fun than I can put into words.
I’m currently working on my first project report – the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) which offers legal council to underprivileged women. I can’t wait to share it with you, introduce you to some of the issues local society is facing and how they’re being resolved with the EU’s assistance.
But until then, I’d like to leave you with this picture of a delicious shiro and injera combination, and a simple plea. If you’re thinking of visiting Ethiopia please do. I can promise you that it’s going to be a life-changing trip.