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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…
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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,…
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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…
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Nesting in Ethiopia

“Eagle’s Nest, this is Crunchy Oats*, reporting for radio check, over.” Cara finished with a straight face ...
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[GMP] Beauty and the Brute

As the picture of the intricate machine running in front of me took shape, the tutu finally made sense. Odette, the Swan Queen, drew my attention as well as filled in the details that I had been missing. Each time she appears in front of Siegfried,…