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Anyone living in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)?

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Meid Tue 28-Jul-09 20:14:12

My DH has been offered a contract there and we are giving it consideration.

We are busy doing research but I'm having trouble finding any information on family life in Addis Ababa and thought I'd ask here on the offchance someone has experience.

Many thanks,

Hi Meid, I am in Nairobi but lived for 2 years in Addis. We had a ball and I absolutely loved it. It can be hard though for some people...... How old are your dc?

moondog Wed 29-Jul-09 16:11:22

God, I'd love to live in Ethiopia.
Isn't there lots of cool Art Deco architecture there? Asloall that groovy Ethiopian big band stuff that so trendy now.
Those rock churches, that lovely squidgy sour pancake thing, the whole Rimbaud thing.

Fab. envy

It's quite a surreal place...... the people are amazing but most live in abject poverty. The food quickly becomes something you long for after you leave - injera is the pancake and wat is the name for the various different stews.

The history is AMAZING and the place has a whole medieval feel, with donkeys and goats running around the place.

Google Lalibella, Gondar, Dire Dawa, The Danakil Depression, Lake Langano to give you a taster of things to do.

<goes off to think about taking the dc there...>

moondog Wed 29-Jul-09 16:50:06

It sounds ace.I usedto go to an Ethipian restaurant in London a lot when a student. When I lived in Russia, I ha d acollague who had been an English tutor to Haile Selassie;s family. She hadsome amazibng photos.

Meid Wed 29-Jul-09 18:32:19

Thank you so much for the responses. They all sound very positive which is super.

My DH and I are going to google all the things mentioned.

Our children are aged 8 and 3.

The biggest dilemma we have is that we have only just moved from London to Johannesburg (where we are now) and the children have settled very well in their respective schools.
Although, we have told them we might move again and they don't seem phased by it - I think the feeling is that if we can do it once we can do it again.

I've emailed several of the international schools there to see if they have places and I'm busy researching what kind of things we might be able to do as a family.

Many thanks again.

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