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Archive for August, 2009



Dog #1, Harar, Ethiopia, August 2009

Published on August 25, 2009

A dog sits in front of a shop on the main street of the old city of Harar. Two variants, person and no. All this week (which is a travel week, so no guarantee how many there will be), I will post dogs of Harar.


Cat #5, Harar, Ethiopia, July 2009

Published on August 21, 2009

I was really interested in the second version of this image, with the cat looking into the laundry, when I was shooting it. On reflection, I think the a version is stronger, but I couldn’t resist sharing both. That’s all the cat photos for this week–next week, dogs (more cat photos in the future!). Update […]


Link: BBC: Ethiopia’s passion for bureaucracy

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This story at the BBC, on Ethiopia’s “passion for bureaucracy,” really hits the mark, and can perhaps give a little glimmer into what it is like to work or try to get anything done here. Keep in mind that, though the writer doesn’t mention it, Ethiopians in general seem to have very little compunction about […]


Cat #4, Harar, Ethiopia, July 2009

Published on August 20, 2009

As previously mentioned, Harari houses exist around enclosed courtyards, hidden behind walls. This cat was cautiously watching the street from the safety of an only partly-open door. I was really indecisive today, so you have three variants to choose from! All this week, I’ll be putting up photos from my series on the cats of […]


Cat #3, Harar, Ethiopia, July 2009

Published on August 19, 2009

Harari houses exist around enclosed courtyards, hidden behind walls. Here, a cat looks out of the door of his compound to survey the goings-on in the street. All this week, I’ll be putting up photos from my series on the cats of Harar–stay tuned!


Cat #2, Harar, Ethiopia, July 2009

Published on August 18, 2009

A cat sits under a Coca-Cola sign, at the bottle distributor in Harar, Ethiopia. All this week, I’ll be putting up photos from my series on the cats of Harar–stay tuned!


Cats of Harar Week: Cat #1, Harar, Ethiopia, July 2009

Published on August 17, 2009

A cat sits outside of the door of the former Egyptian bank, the first bank in Harar. All this week, I’ll be putting up photos from my series on the cats of Harar–stay tuned!


Old Man, Harar, Ethiopia, July 2009

Published on August 14, 2009

An old man sits in front of a door with Egyptian-style ornaments in Harar. Harar was an independent Moslem Emirate until it was conquered, first by the Egyptians, in 1875, and then the Abyssinian monarchs, shortly after. There are still many remnants of both occupations in the city, and the latter conquest resulted in its […]


Coffee Leaves and Beans, Harar, Ethiopia, July 2009

Published on August 13, 2009

Q’utti (coffee leaves) for tea, and Harar coffee beans (considered the finest in the world) sit in a display, tempting diners at a restaurant in Harar. Q’utti is herbal tea-like, with just a touch of coffee and bitterness buried in the back-end of the flavour. In the South of Ethiopiia, it is prepared with salt, […]




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