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Aug 12, 04 09:26 AM

Bound for Addis Ababa

So I bought a ticket to Ethiopia. I'm leaving a couple days after I return from my Seattle show. Why am I going? I think mostly because as a kid I loved the sound of "Addis Ababa." (the capital city) And the Amharic alphabet is extremely cool-looking. (it's been recommended to me to search out an Amharic typewriter--apparently a quite wondrous contraption)

They also have very spongy bread.

(These are also the reasons that begat my love affair with Cambodia--the sound of "Phnom Penh," the look of the beautiful Khmer alphabet, the opportunity to hear that lovely language everywhere; it sounds like water burbling over rocks, I swear.)

I'll spend a week in Addis Ababa, and a week travelling the north of the country--Lalibela, Gondar, Bahar Dar, Axum. It's where the old rock-hewn churches are. It'll be the rainy season there, and 55 degrees, which does not compute with my African stereotype.

I'm going to try to type a blog entry or two when I'm over there. I don't know what the internet café scene is like in Ethiopia. We'll see.

Posted by Mike at August 12, 2004 9:26 AM