Immigrant Life

Must Haves

Paper towels take the cake, as far as most outrageous “can you bring me [fill in the blank] from intina?” request that us diasporas get from our friends and family back home when word gets out that we’re going over for a visit soon. On the scale of one to ten, the top secret status of such a … Continue reading

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 / Holidays / Immigrant Life / Popular Culture

Found In the USA: Yours, Mine and Ours

The last time I wore habesha kemis was on November 25, 2013, from approximately 4:00am to 9:00pm. But that’s nothing. My real record was the time before that. I wore one for over twenty-four hours from 6:00pm on August 3, 2011 until around 8:00am on August 4, 2011. That’s allowing for time spent sleeping with … Continue reading