Hello World!


Hello World!

When I travel in Europe, people sometimes ask me, “Do you really live in Ethiopia, that poor country?” Yes, my country is poor, and the image created for Ethiopia in the western mass media is far from positive, but it is the only African nation which was nevers colonized, the country which became Christian in the 4th century, long before most European nations,  the only African nation with its own alphabet and unique calendar, and the first African nation to win Olympic gold medal. Coffee that you drink also comes from Ethiopia. This is the country with so much culture and tradition that you can’t even comprehend! Ethiopia is also home to the earliest fossils on earth that date over 5 million years. Yes! Ethiopia, country of proud and happy people, birth of the world and the cradle of humanity. I love traveling in Ethiopia, I love every town and village because anywhere I go I feel happy meeting my friends, Ethiopians. I like Ethiopian food, Ethiopian music and traditional dance, and find it very interesting to listen how my friends speak in Amharic – musical and rich language spoken in many parts of the country. Ethiopia is diferent, and I love it. So think again before you feel sorry for me.

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  1. on 30th August 2012 at 4:46 pm
    Lisa Nichols said:

    What a fascinating introduction to Ethiopia! You’re making me want to hop on the plane straightaway for a visit. How long have you lived in Ethiopia?

    • on 31st August 2012 at 2:29 pm
      terrainc09 said:

      Dear Lisa! I am glad you liked my articles. I have lived in Ethiopia for the past 27+ years. I work in tourism business for the last 14 years. Please check on my new posts and do not hesitate to contact me when you decide to arrange your tour in Ethiopia.
      Helena Nicholai
      Terra Incognita Tours

  2. on 1st September 2012 at 7:18 am
    Tsegaye said:

    “ Seeing is believing ” there is no witness other than seeing. you really express the facts out there, you make a step forward in the smokeless industry promoting Ethiopia and Ethiopian’s which will have great contribution changing the old image of Ethiopia to the outside world.
    Could you advice any of your guests to write and post their impression after their tour.

    • on 1st September 2012 at 8:23 am
      terrainc09 said:

      Hello Tsegaye! Thank you for the positive and encouraging words. Yes, I do all I can to change negative image of Ethiopia and attract people to visit this fascinating and unusual country. Please keep in touch and follow my new posts.

  3. on 1st September 2012 at 9:15 am
    Suraphel Bogale said:

    Wow, what an article, you know we Ethiopians get so jealous when a ”foreigner” such as yourself falls in love with our mother land beyond measure. I am starting to feel a bit guilty thanks to you. But really..love your attitude and appreciation for Ethiopia…quite an eye opening text.

    • on 1st September 2012 at 6:15 pm
      terrainc09 said:

      Thank you, Suraphel!
      I will put links on my facebook page when I write new articles on my site. I hope you will enjoy them.
      Best wishes, Helena


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