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Nov 1, 05 06:11 PM

I Found Out That My Tattoo Does in Fact Say 'Musician' in both Amharic and Tigrinya--Whew!

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(Incidentally, I'm blogging to you from TekServe, the redoubtable old Mac repair joint on 23rd Street)

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Tigrinya is the predominant Eritrean language, and they've been on and off at war with Ethiopia more or less since World War 2. So I'd be kind of fucked if I walked into Eritrean customs when I landed there with a big ass piece of Ethiopiana on my forearm.

I was emailing hotels in Asmara when I decided to be completely weird and email all these reservations ladies JPEGs of my arm. Also the guy who seems to design every website in the Horn of Africa. I was coy about it, like, "Uh, I have this friend with this tattoo, and I was wondering, uh..."

So the reservations lady at the Crystal Hotel, near Harnet Avenue in the heart of Asmara, wrote me back. Thank you, reservations lady.

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Posted by Mike on November 1, 2005 6:11 PM