THANK YOU for showing that one does not have to go to Paris to learn and enjoy a vacation!
WHILE I generally appreciated John Auchard's article, I was disappointed that he recommended the Addis Sheraton Hotel. I traveled in Ethiopia last year and the place I found most offensive was the overdone, excessively and insultingly ostentatious Sheraton. The architecture has no relevance to the local culture and the level of luxury is insulting in a country with Ethiopia's poverty.
Beyond this glaring flaw in the recommendations, I agree that Ethiopia is a surprising place, with marvelous sights, wonderful people and an amazingly rich history of food, art, architecture and music.
FOR US Ethiopian-Americans who are parched to read something other than the same-ol', same-ol' articles in the mainstream media about our former homeland, Auchard's article served as a much-needed thirst-quencher. He managed to capture beautifully the sentiments of why, despite time and distance, memories of Ethiopia still make a lot of us pine for a country that has not always treated us right. Those boys who made him a Christmas gift . . . that's the part of Ethiopia we hang on to to help us survive.
Thank you for going where a lot more newspapers should dare to go.