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It can be so overwhelming to be on so many different social media platforms. Trying to update each account with a new photo and a story can be a lot. Nevertheless, I’ve been wanting to do a photo story of my Instagram posts that span about 2 months with interesting and varied stories and experiences. Each picture is accompanied with it’s caption from my Instagram account. If you want to follow me on there my username is aidsolomon. So without further ado, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!

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i’ve said this before, but nothing convinces me that everything will be alright more than the sun peeking through trees.
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after three weeks of not having running water in our house, we were blessed with a giant water truck that delivered water to our home! water and power in Addis can be inconsistent at times in terms of distribution. though one thing that never fails are the genuine people who will make it their purpose to assist you like the men who almost impossibly backed a huge tanker into our petit driveway. another thing I learned is that living in Addis, you have to have a sense of humor. things will not always be instantaneous, far from it. but with the people around you, you make light of the situation. there are those living in far worse conditions. I decided to grab my camera and take pictures, it confused one of the men as he said, “we don’t usually get our picture taken on the job.” I told him that I wanted to remember this day. stay blessed and grateful!
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just a little something I made before I came to Ethiopia to give me motivation to run around the country! haven’t done it yet, but you know wearing it is ze ferest step!
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a still from my new video! if you still haven’t seen it yet, check it out here!
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4th World Coffee Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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*leaf emoji*
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when you’re going to a wedding and you’re trying to keep it cool but your outfit is too poppin
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I have to say however, no matter how good I thought I looked last night, these two slayed! everything just all of it, slayed. that’s ma and pops for ya <3
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*twinkle twinkle emoji*
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this! a couple of weeks ago I attended my first Taste of Addis event which was so incredibly fun. food from all over the city, live music and non-stop dope DJs, and meeting a ton of awesome creatives doing amazing things in this city! this is the life I love living!
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i feel like i found gold. love finding fresh and organic vegetables just right down the street from my house. temesgen (praise the lord)!
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wedding (1/2): I was so not expecting for there to be a surprise performance by the famous Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed! I was all kinds of crazy when he sang my favorite wedding song, “yitebarek” which means “let him be blessed.” I felt blessed being in the presence of such an incredible singer.
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wedding (2/2): the last surprise did not fail either. it was yet another incredibly famed singer named Teddy Afro. I was in awe, as were the other 200 or so guests in attendance. the wedding hall briefly turned into a Teddy Afro concert with the inevitable chanting of his name after he was done. what an amazing night and congrats to the newlyweds, Kalkidan and Tewodrose! a night we shall never forget.
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when the only barista at the stand is taking everyone’s drink order but still has time to be slick
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favorite food friday : mango
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I’m trying to play it cool, but ethiopia continues to swoon me. you have my heart, hagere <3
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say “Selam” to Selam. here lies one of humanity’s oldest ancestors surpassing Lucy or “Dinkenesh,” as we call her in ethiopia, by about 1.4 million years. Selam is said to be about 3.6 million years old. hallo sista!
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serene escapes in a big city, Hebir Ethiopian Restaurant
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new day, new melse. it’s wedding season
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delicious finds, Savour Restaurant
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Ethiopian Aviation Academy (1/3): this day was the inauguration of Ethiopian Airlines’ Aviation Academy and all its newly acquired equipment and programs to produce the top engineers, pilots, technicians, caterers, and stewardesses. I was blown away with the fast expansion and the hands on experience that students will receive. another proud moment. congrats ET!
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Ethiopian Aviation Academy (2/3): within the campus of the academy, there is a hanger that holds two plane simulators that mock emergency scenarios. in addition, the pool that you see is used to simulate water landings and the ways in which the cabin and crew need to respond to safely evacuate passengers.
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Ethiopian Aviation Academy (3/3): for 70 years this airline has been in operation. it continues to not only be a pride of Ethiopia, but of Africa as a whole! it reminds us all to keep reaching for the skies (corny, but had to)!
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ye oromo serg | an oromo wedding
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Share a Coke with TA-DE-LE-CH –> it means she’s lucky
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tea time with my aunty (1/2): this is my aunts home. a magical haven that she’s meticulously curated and grown to be this lavish garden paradise. walking through this picturesque beauty, you block out all of the hustle and bustle of the busy addis streets and meditate in the essence of nature.
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tea time with my aunty (2/2): it felt like a dream to pick lemongrass and mint fresh from the garden and make some delicious tea with this veranda, and view, as the backdrop
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how else was I going to celebrate valentines day than to spoil my parents with fresh flowers? p.s. the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, means ‘New Flower.’ Spread the love!
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this mysteriously beautiful spice is called “berbere.” it’s a wonderful mix of chili peppers, ginger, garlic, and so many other ingredients. you wouldn’t think that this would be the key ingredient to your breakfast routine, but that’s how we do it here. my parents and I start each morning eating a dish called “fir fir” which is injera (Ethiopian flat bread made from teff) soaked in a sautéed sauce of berbere. I think it makes a statement that in the Ethiopian culture you start your day with a spicy kick, kind of empowering don’t you think?
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
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let me tell y’all something about this table. this small yet impactful table resides at my grandmas home in a neighborhood in Addis called Kazanchis. since my grandma passed away years back, my uncle and his family now live there and look after the home just as it was when my grandma lived there. when I was a year old my parents brought my brothers and I to Ethiopia for the first time so that I could be baptized. we also visited my grandma and since I had just learned to walk before I came, I was running around with no care in the world. until I encountered this table. apparently, I kept running into the table with my head, which caused two very large red bumps to appear on each side of my forehead. now I know that typically big foreheads are very common among East Africans, but I can’t help but feel that this table is responsible for mine. although, I am not writing this to blame the table for my beautifully robust forehead. frankly, I am very touched that my uncle still has this table as I believe it to be a strong connection that I have to this home and my grandma who I only knew for a very short period of time. I believe this table gave me the forehead I have today and for that I am truly grateful.
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bunni (boon-ee) (1/4): so happy that after being away for 3 years this beautiful restaurant still exists. it’s a secluded spot in addis with excellent food, service, and incredible vibes. I had to do a mini series on my lunch here! enjoy!
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bunni (boon-ee) (2/4): just one of the beautiful views from the balcony! love this place!
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bunni (boon-ee) (3/4): the restaurant sits atop a building with a 180 degree balcony view of its surrounding neighborhood. I love places with natural light and it’s truly amazing that such a place can have such vibrant energy without any electricity to power it during the day.
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bunni (boon-ee) (4/4): I had this delicious chicken sandwich on focaccia bread. what I love most about this dish is how both the sandwich and the fries have a light berbere seasoning to give it a kick. kinda how I think of myself; French fries with berbere (where America meets Ethiopia).
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when you need to stay cool in Addis, pop on over to Bunni and grab a cold glass of delicious sweet ice tea. giving southern sweet tea a run for its money!

l.f.e.

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