The concept of Western-style street addresses is unfamiliar to Ethiopians. Indeed, few towns outside Addis Ababa have proper street names, and even in the capital, the signposted “new” names for most roads usually means less to locals than the older or in some cases colloquial names. A good example of this is the main thoroughfare from Meskel Square to Bole Airport, which is almost universally known as Bole Road, occasionally referred to by its old name of OAU Road but is actually officially called Africa Road. When giving directions, both in Addis Ababa and elsewhere, you’ll find that locals tend to refer to specific landmarks (the bus station, or the name of an iconic church or well-established hotel, for instance) or vaguely defined areas (such as Piazza in Addis Ababa or Gondar) rather than roads.

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17 striking portraits of Ethiopia's Omo Valley tribes

17 striking portraits of Ethiopia's Omo Valley tribes

Renowned the world over for its decorated tribes, the Omo Valley is a stop on many a tourist route in Ethiopia. But visits to the area can cross ethical boundar…

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Ethiopian Christmas celebrations in pictures

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Today Ethiopia is celebrating Christmas. Following the Julian calendar, this East African, Orthodox Christian nation celebrates Christmas on the 7th January eac…

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Exploring Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Exploring Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

In preparation for the new Rough Guide to Ethiopia, the book’s editor, Edward Aves, travelled to the remote and little-visited Bale Mountains National Park.…

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