If you move here, you can leave behind your:

Preconceptions about Addis. - Aug 2020


Expectation of working internet, belief that food will not try to kill you, and the ability to walk around freely. - Mar 2020


Health, happiness, sense of freedom, beautiful car, sense of driving rules etc. Be prepared for times of struggle and dents in your car. - Feb 2020


Good health, both mental and physical. - Feb 2019


Netflix subscription. - Oct 2018


Taste of really good food, fast commute, and clean air. - Aug 2018


Any expectations of western world, sour and bad attitude, closed mindedness. Bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t get very far until you change it. - Jul 2018


Antimalarials, Netflix addiction. - Sep 2017


expectations around internet/telecommunications - Aug 2016


Telecommuting job or plans for distance education. - Aug 2016


Cold weather gear. Your expectations of building friendships with locals. - Feb 2016


Shorts, objection to being the center of attention wherever you go. - May 2014


Road rage, shorts (unless you want to swim at a hotel or resort), unrealistic expectations. - Jan 2014


Cold weather clothing. Expectations that: - anything will happen on time. - you can get a straight/complete answer from one or two questions (without multiple follow-up questions). - your Ethiopian Airlines flights will operate as scheduled. - Nov 2013


electric-powered or biodiesel car. It ain't going to work here. Get a tough SUV or a small car you don't mind getting dented on a regular basis. Most people leave their car here in country when they depart. - Jun 2012


bad attitudes, racism, preconceptions. - Aug 2010


ideas that Addis will be hot and sunny year-round, or that Ethiopia will be like anywhere else you have visited! - Jun 2010


Addiction to high-speed internet access. It's super slow here. - Mar 2008


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