Why the bathroom lock is always on the OUTSIDE of the door??
Why an entire meal in a reasonable place can cost 20 birr (about 90p) yet a slice of ‘French’ Toast (hahaha….) in a grotty little café can cost 45??
Why they will have ‘French Toast’ (or ‘Franch Taoest’) proudly displayed at the top of a very old, well used menu yet give you a completely baffled look when you try to order it??
Why, quite often when you walk into a café the other locals/regulars will serve you (if anyone!) hopping behind the counter for a menu while the waiting staff stand around gawping??
How a City Slicker in Downtown Addis, dressed in the latest European fashions will speak absolutely no English yet some elderly peasant with no teeth, wearing a blanket and herding some goats with a huge stick will be able to have a fairly coherent conversation on global politics??
Why a bajaj driver will occasionally haggle ferociously over 20 birr and then on reaching the destination, put his hand on his chest, smile and hand you 100 back?(Note: This one is applicable to Addis only, good luck in Dire Dawa or the North…)
Why a nation famed for its energetic shoulder dancing can have such a fetish for James Blunt??
Why when ordering (if you manage to get served) quite often does the waiter/waitress insist on hanging over your shoulder breathing on you?? Go away, give me five minutes! Actually no, don’t go. You won’t be back!
How does superhero Teddy Afro manage to fit in 15 new albums a week, every commercial airing on national TV, personal appearances in Addis and posing for the pictures that adorn every single wall, backpack, bus and even in one hotel, bedsheets! Imagine what he could do given proper roads to travel by!
How a nation briefly colonised by Italy can have such a warped idea of what a ‘pizza’ actually is! Note: Pizza should contain cheese and NEVER come alongside a platter of injera! Ever.