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Ethiopia, Days Seven and Eight: Bishangari, Lake Langano

This weekend we travelled to Bishangari. This is a nice eco-resort that is next to Lake Langano and surrounded by many villagers. These villagers are poor in terms of material consumption but they otherwise appear to be healthy, and they have plenty of animals. I prefer their style of housing to the tin shanties . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Days Seven and Eight: Bishangari, Lake Langano

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Ethiopia, Day Six: Edna Mall and Poverty

Today was a quiet day.

I did some tour hunting in the morning and then some reading, and then in afternoon Anne came back early and we went to the Edna mall for a movie. This is one of the spots where the middle class of Addis Ababa goes to see a movie. There . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day Six: Edna Mall and Poverty

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Ethiopia, Day Three: A Trip to Tomoca

I walked to Tomoca from the hotel today. It was a nice day, warm, and I’ve been getting adjusted to the altitude. The air pollution is a problem, but it’s not as bad as Hanoi. The people are friendly; they call out to say hello. At the same time, there are a lot of . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day Three: A Trip to Tomoca

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Ethiopia, Day Two: An Adventurous Walk and a Near Swindle

Today was an adventurous day. I walked all the way up Mount Entoto and saw the sites along the way, rode mini-buses, and nearly got ripped off at a shady coffee house!

I decided to walk toward Mount Entoto after the taxis asked for nearly $40 for a one-way trip there (insanely expensive even . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day Two: An Adventurous Walk and a Near Swindle

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Ethiopia, Day One

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a country located near the Horn of Africa. Mountainous and elevated, this country has a long and proud history, and is one of the only countries to have retained its independence even through the heavy colonization of Africa. The country is located between the desert country of Sudan to the west . . . → Read More: Ethiopia, Day One

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Senegal, Continued

Hi again, Today, I worked 11 hours: the business analysts I am training are really slow typists, and I have to tell them exactly what to do…but they like to take things slow here. They walk slow, they work slow, they eat slow…they like to enjoy life I guess…there is no concept of time . . . → Read More: Senegal, Continued

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Hello from Senegal

Hello people!

I made it alive! I am here in Dakar, Senegal right now, working with the DGID (directeur général des impôts et domaines), basically their government offices. I’ve already gotten jipped by a taxi going from the airport to the hotel, bugged by people trying to sell me different things ranging from phone . . . → Read More: Hello from Senegal

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