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17
Aug

All good things must come to an end

My last post from Ethiopia: a milestone! It’s been almost a year since I first set foot in this country and on this continent and my time is up. Time to go back to the nice sunny summer of the Netherlands… (ok, that might be too optimistic)… and to my family, friends and colleagues over there.

13
Aug

[To] Europe – The Final Countdown

The combination of artist and song title seemed very appropriate for one of my last posts in Ethiopia. Those of you who have been on one of the legendary Interrail trips know that by tradition the last post in our travel journal is mine and usually I’ve got some ideas about this last text long before I have to write it. This year, although I’m traveling alone, I’ll try to stick to tradition and write this last post on the last day of my stay, but in contrast to other years, I’m not sure what I’m going to write yet. Fortunately, I’ve got another couple of days to think about it…

1
Aug

Contributing to Reforestation

In previous posts I’ve described a little about the problems addressed by the project I’m working on. Because most people in rural areas are almost exclusively dependent on biomass for their energy needs, and because a large part of the biomass used is fire wood, many places in Ethiopia suffer from serious deforestation problems. Fortunately, there are many initiatives to turn the tide and plant trees in those areas where forests are thinning.

29
Jul

Harar (a.k.a. Feeding the hyena)

For readability, I've cut up most post about Harar and Dire Dawa in two, this is part two, so read the other one first.

29
Jul

Dire Dawa (a.k.a colors, trains and food)

After coming back from my short stay in the Netherland, life in Addis has been a little slow. I still wanted to go see a few places, so together with my roommate Martina, I planned a trip to Dire Dawa and Harar for the weekend of July 14, where we would meet some of her colleagues.

12
Jul

Welcome back!

If I look at the calendar in my phone for the last few months, I can’t believe I did all that and didn’t write about it. Maybe that’s also the reason I didn’t: I simply haven’t been home a lot. The problem is, now I don’t know where to start for it to make sense. So to avoid the whole problem, let me give you an overview using some keywords:

12
Jul

Talk about the weather

A lot has happened in the last few weeks and so it’s time to update the blog again. As you may have noticed the intervals of updating start to increase. Personally I think that is a good sign: it means I have less time at home to sit behind my computer and write silly stories. Or it could be I’m just getting lazy and that is not a good thing. The blog posts are also getting longer, so apparently I have enough to discuss with you, but I don’t find the time to write it down as it happens.

6
Jun

Culture Shock – No Plan B

Over the last couple of months, people have been asking about the differences in culture between Ethiopia and the Netherlands. My answer usually contains some sort of example from recent events about something that I don’t understand or where I felt my meaning was totally lost on my Ethiopian colleagues. I’ve also promised a lot of people a blog post about it, so here it goes (and this is attempt number 6 or so).

19
May

Guassa

In the Easter weekend, a week after Easter in Europe due to following the Coptic calendar, I traveled to Guassa. That was a long weekend in Ethiopia, so it was ideal to visit this remote area. For those who have already seen the photos online, you have an idea of what you can see there: the beautiful Ethiopian countryside and Gelada baboons.

17
May

Select * From – Part 7

Almost two months ago, I wrote about the status of our nice and shiny database. To save you from having to go back a read all of that, let me recap it in a few short paragraphs.

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