Dubai Fever

When I see cityscapes with the silhouettes of skyscrapers, I often wonder: how do these massive buildings make you feel in a city? Urban? Contemporary? Modern? Proud? Chic? Rich? Poor? Small? Addis downtown area and some other parts of the city are growing fast into the skies creating striking contrasts with older buildings that are […]

Addis is not decaf

The one thing hard to live without is the gift that Ethiopia gave to the world: good coffee. In Addis and throughout the country you can sip freshly roasted and brewed coffee just about anywhere, any time of the day. From temporary coffee tents to old Italian espresso machines to local coffee chains and trademarks […]

Next stop Nouakchott

I will soon be returning to Nouakchott on my way to the desert and really look forward to capturing some of the street life and city atmosphere there with my camera. My impression of Nouakchott is a curious sense of intermediary space, although this is not based on knowing much about what it is like […]

Capture Addis

Capture Addis is a photo festival showcasing and celebrating Addis Ababa through photography. The first edition of this festival was organized in October 2019 by Lela Qellem Plc and hosted by the City of Addis. The photos in the exhibition were selected from a pool of over 1000 photos across three different photo competitions held […]

Vernacular Addis

If you need a break from the buzz from Addis and its high rising buildings and construction sites, go to Zoma Museum in Mekanisa. It’s a very relaxing haven of interesting vernacular and ecological architecture, a garden and a restaurant all in one package. When I visited the place there were a lot of men […]

Addis is wide awake

There is an amazing construction boom shaping the silhouette of the city scape in Addis Ababa to new heights. Steel and glass are now competing with all things old and organic. But some things never change: neighbourhoods such as Piassa, Arat Kilo, Siddist Kilo and Mercato still charm me more than any other area with […]

Tata 36 biy jóge Ngor di dem Guediawaye

Keroog dama dugg ci benn bis Tata bu 36 bi lay jële terminis Ngor yobbu la Guediawaye. Tata yu ndaw yii dañuy gaawa fees ak nit waaye wii yoon amoon naa palaas kon toogoon naa. Sopp naa jël ‘taranspoor pibilik’ ci biir dëkki taax yi ndaxte di leen faraldi jël dafay tax nga xam bu […]

Addis through the looking glass

In the beginning of this brand New Year 2012 of the Ethiopian calendar, I am heading for Addis. My plan is to get soaked in the city life and hang around in particular neighbourhoods such as Arat Kilo, Sarbet, Kazanchis and of course in Mercato and hilly Piassa, both my favourite urban landscapes and both […]

Tata no 36 to Guediawaye

The other day I hopped on a Tata bus no 36 that takes you from Ngor Garage to Guediawaye. These small Tata buses get packed with passengers very fast but on this particular trip I even had a seat! I like public transport in cities and not the least because using it really gives you […]