Category Archives: travel

A quick note on borders

After decades of encouraging its lower classes to illegally pour into the United States, the Mexican government is now upset that President Trump wants to actually enforce our border. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the time I was … Continue reading

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Back from vacation

Last year, I visited Costa Rica, and there was a screw up on my return flight. To compensate for my inconvenience, Aero Mexico put me up in a hotel for the night, provided me some meal vouchers, and gave me a … Continue reading

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A surprise trip from JAY

Well folks, you may have  been wondering why I haven’t posted anything for a while. The reason is… I just got back from Costa Rica. Unlike Ethiopia, this wasn’t for adventure; it was mostly about relaxation – but I did … Continue reading

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Ethiopic languages and the status of Amharic

Ethiopia contains upwards of 80 distinct ethnic groups, and just about every one of them has its own language. For a traveler who is language-conscious, such as myself, this can be bewildering. At the same time, it’s refreshing; the Ethiopian … Continue reading

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Similarities between Hebrew and Amharic (this post is frequently updated)

My journey to Ethiopia was actually two journeys. I’ve already written about one, and the one I have yet to write about actually began on the Ethiopian Airlines jet that took me to Addis Ababa. As soon as I boarded … Continue reading

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Ethiopia and Jews

The relationship between Ethiopia and Jews is complex enough to fill entire books, so don’t consider this post as a comprehensive source on this matter. Most of y’all have probably heard of the Falashas. The State of Israel airlifted most … Continue reading

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Odds and ends from south Ethiopia

Here are some miscellaneous items, mostly photos, from south Ethiopia that I missed in my earlier posts. Even with the crudest architecture, one can sometimes see creativity, as in this house/shop in the south: This is the traditional type of … Continue reading

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