“You are going to Africa?” my cousin asked me in astonishment as I was getting ready to make first ever trip to the Dark Continent. I replied to him, “Ethiopia, not whole Africa, the continent has around 53 more countries.” I had my apprehensions of making this business trip as I had heard many ignorant and half-baked advices from uncles and aunts who cannot point any other country apart from UK and the US on the globe about Africa such as, “Beta, don’t go out after dark, those people will rob you” and “Beta, what will you eat there? They eat raw meat”.
My apprehensions turned to dust as I got out of the airplane at Bole International Airport, the airport of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. I was greeted with pleasant weather and friendly people who were ready to help me for my smallest trouble. The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, a country based in the Horn of Africa is one of Africa’s most populous countries. Addis Ababa the capital was my primary destination which reminded me of Mumbai city 20 -25 years ago. The city based on a hilly terrain has a cool pleasant weather most of the year with low levels of pollution due to fewer cars plying on the road.
As a foodie, my first agenda on the recreation list for the trip was to taste the local cuisine available in Addis Ababa and I was not disappointed with the fare I got. The national dish of Ethiopia is ‘Injera’, a flat round pancake made of fermented flour of ‘teff’ a local variety of grain which has a similar look of a Turkish towel when rolled up and reminded me of our very own ‘Dosa’ but only a bit more sour on taste.