Ethiopian Culture / Ethiopian Identity / Family / Immigrant Life / Travel: Ethiopia

After Addis 2

Continuing from where I left off at the end of ‘After Addis 1‘, on the seven phases of the seven trips of this brown astronaut around the planet known as Ethiopia… Phase 1: immediately following migration, a time of feeling completely at ease with myself, it not even occurring to me to change to adapt to the norms … Continue reading

Ethiopian Culture / Ethiopian Identity / Family / Immigrant Life / Travel: Ethiopia

After Addis 1

Well, the satellite dishes were everywhere in full bloom in Addis, and I’ve learned that its impossible to be matter-of-fact not only about going to but also leaving from Ethiopia. The ‘going to’ always means something- if not to you-the-goer, then to the person who hears of it. Back in the spring and early summer, … Continue reading

Ethiopian Culture / Ethiopian Identity / Family / Immigrant Life

Username Unavailable

I find it super neat when I request ‘Rebka Fisseha’, or some combination thereof, for my username when opening a new online account and get the message that the username is unavailable. No way! Waaay! Awesome. Now that’s belonging. I used to be smug about having a ‘secret weapon’ name but I’ve found that I like this … Continue reading