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How to Sleep Next to Ethiopia’s Lake of Fire

Check out and subscribe to Many Roütes – a Seed Podcast to hear more about this trip. Originally posted on Medium. “Erta Ale means ‘smoking mountain’ in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as ‘the gateway to Hell.’” — Wikipedia / every other article written about Erta Ale With the […]

Drinking Stories From Albania

Hills of Dhermi

For those of you checking in on life in Ethiopia, my apologies in advance but I’m going to enable a little escapism* for myself and you. So here are a couple great Eastern European drinking stories from that time I was in Albania. I think they’re particularly fitting for the mood. n Albanian teacher took […]


International Coffee Day – Retrospective

For the month that Cara lived in Addis before me, I slowly formed two different images of the coffee culture in my head. In both of them, coffee shops were on every corner and I can happily report that much is extremely accurate. In one version, these coffee shops were an assortment of stalls and […]


New Years and New Beginnings in Oromia

Today, Sunday (Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar and September 11 on the Gregorian calendar) is New Year’s Day here in Addis. Yesterday, the streets were lined with people selling and buying huge bundles of dried branches taller than me for burning tonight, as well as short bundles of sweet smelling grasses for who-knows-what. Once I mention that […]

John C Dwyer

John C Dwyer

This is a picture of me, John C Dwyer, and this is my site (one of them at least). I‘m a son of the American Midwest (if you can’t tell by the fromage-philic physique), learned to write in the Southwest, and lived in the Far East (a ger in the Gobi to be precise). I’ve spent some time in the desert and plan to carry it with me wherever I go.

One of the most difficult, but absolutely necessary demands of humanity is to communicate with clarity. We each have something to share and whether it’s through blogs, books, conversations, postcards, tweets, or websites—I want to use old and new technology to get those messages across.


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