MINOR NUISANCES


MINOR NUISANCES

Urbanites patiently queue up for taxis around the Casanchis area drenched in heavy rainfall. Addis Abeba's acute transportation ails have created a resolute populace capable of enduring the harshest of weather conditions and the most crowded accommodations for daily commutes. Hunted by double-digit food inflation rates and cornered by stagnant wages, the rainy days add to the residents' woes with limited transportation. While taxi-hailing services have proliferated over the past few years, they are out of reach for city residents with a 26pc poverty rate. Mass exodus from regional states as the country hosts above three million internally displaced people has created a population boom desperately needing a census after 16 years.


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SIDELINED STRIKES

The 'Vintage' bowling alley at the historic Genet Hotel near the Le Gare Railway Station remains vibrant after nearly six decades. Recent evaluations of 64 hotels nationwide had surprising results, with nearly half the establishments not meeting the assessment criteria. Seven hotels received four-star ratings, while none qualified for a five-star tag. The Ministry of Tourism evaluated multiple cities nationwide despite higher ratings being mostly concentrated in the capital. Ethiopia's tourism i...


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MYSTICAL NOTATIONS

Orthodox Christian scribes etch religious writings on traditional parchments (Birana) at the Ghion Hotel on Ras Desta Damtew St. The 10 day exhibition by the Hamere Berhan Institute featured various paintings and writings with uniquely Ethiopian overtones. The parchments, pens and inks are all prepared at the institute in the Piazza District. Goatskins are tightly stretched over metal frames to dry for days before being immersed in water to make the parchments. Several ancient manuscripts in the...


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PANORAMIC PEEKS

An all-white building peaks across the street around the Flamingo area after renovations conclude on the main road. Addis Abeba's roads have broadened as the high-profile corridor development project progresses to accommodate more pedestrians and bicycle lanes. The capital's metamorphosis into a 'smart city' has entailed much more than transforming its roads and public spaces to include its cars and motorbikes. A green electric current pulsates underneath the ebbing flow of change, ever more app...


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