Just want to send a shoutout to the peaceloving mosquitoes of Awassa. Sorry I went into a manic frenzy and killed half a dozen of you within minutes of arriving. I shoulda known something was different about you when you just waited around for me to squish the life out of your soft bodies instead … More Oops!
When you are born everybody knows you. Half the town turns up to the welcome party to take a good look at you. The only other times that many people who you barely know or don’t know at all are going to turn up on occasion of you is for the two other life biggies: … More The Possessive Tense
Is there anything more aloof than an Ethiopian Airlines flight attendant in charge of a planeload of West Africans? Certain knowledges, no matter how widely shared, should probably not be voiced or printed: she knows that, for reasons that go back hundreds of years and miles of chromosomes, the men desire to pounce on her … More Found Persons and Lost Pens
Few more hours and I head the way the raven flies (or was it the crow?), West, anyway. Time for the least explored destination of all: home! Time for the obstacle course known as Ethiopia. For some reason, nowhere else petrifies me as much as there. At the same time, there are few places I … More The Big One
The trouble with travel is, there’s always a there after the there. I even started a little poem about it. It went something like this … I don’t mean to repeat myself but the trouble with travel is, assuming you’re a pessimist, you find everyone you thought you left back West. All the places you … More The Hype
Something about coffee. A must. A delicious authentic cupful while waiting for yet another takeoff, feeling especially exposed in the surplus personal space of a cabin now even emptier save for you, a devout African Muslim and one green-clad airline employee hitching a ride, triggers a wave of emotions. The rush of vitality such a … More Coffee Stopover
When you’re the only habesha person – a young shabbily dressed female at that – in the Business Class section of an Addis – Hong Kong flight, you’ve got some explainin’ to do. You can’t blame the airline employee who herded all the ET 608 passengers – VIP and RP alike – en masse to … More On Cloud Nine