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One frame presented upon my return from Ethiopia hung on a wall for a long time. The frame was made from coarse materials showing Ethiopian lady performing coffee ceremony in front of incense pottery. Long time eroded it day by day; several characters attached on it fell down already. The color of photo has faded with the passing of time. The value priced in money is very low. However, it's unmovable evidence that I had been to Ethiopia and I got invaluable experience from there. Today, I made up my mind to put it in a safe place to protect it from damage.

I could realize that too many souvenirs took much space at home. They were from largely Japan, Ethiopia, USA, and other places I visited or friends did. Re-arranging them into appropriate slots took nearly all day. I could recollect beautiful memory linking a souvenir and whoever gave it to me. Fullest smile stayed with me all through the arrangement. What a virtue of travel and staying overseas!

Engaging Trekking Program in Ethiopia

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Aiming at a feasible approach for the conservation of natural forests in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, dwellers there offer ecotourism program of hiking and horse riding exploring Bale Mountains.

In the year of 2000, the second year of my stay in Ethiopia, I had been there with colleague Korea Overseas Volunteers (KOV). I never dreamed of such a great experience until the arrival there. My story from that place, thereafter, became one of big topics to speak about Ethiopia's nature.

Today, I came across official web pages of the trekking program. Get excited with information and enjoy photos by visiting this link. Photos below show eco-friendly slaughter that I performed with the help of guides and colleague volunteers. :-)

Ethiopian Flavor

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Korean usually complains the decrease of appetite from excessive sodium loss by sweat and after exhaustion of physical power in struggle against hot weather during summer season. Simple solution to revive appetite is to visit restaurants serving spicy and/or cool food. Enjoying home made recipe like "seaweed and vinegar over cold water" will be another way.

In search for memory how I sustained during dry season in Addis Ababa (not so hot as you imagine, though; refer to this link), I could enumerate what I usually chose for lunch and dinner to stimulate appetite. Then I revisited Ethiopian cuisine pages from Wikipedia and my bookmarks reminding me of real shape, color, odor, and taste. However, I can't prepare Ethiopian style dinner table at home now because several core ingredients are not available in Korea.

We call this situation, "A pancake in a picture" :-) The photo below is to show you how much I enjoyed Ethiopian food.

Breaking Marathon World Record!

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  • 2007 베를린 마라톤에서 게브르셀라시가 2시간4분26초로 세계 기록 수립
  • Haile Gebrselassie broke the marathon world record in Berlin (2H:4M:26S)
에티오피아 있을 때 지나가다 본 적 있는 아저씨 인데... 오늘 세계 기록 수립!!! ㅋㅋ

Sustainable Aid

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I never experienced soliciting from Awassa Children's Project and ICCF-Holland since my donation initiation. They, I think, have their own way efficiently and/or effectively to operate their project sites and manage funds donated. Nobody can find ads from their web pages, for example, saying "Please, increase the amount of subscription for this year!" Web pages are, as they were before, show only critical information to let donation subscribers fully understood on their projects. I trust their way though I don't know what the way is and how they take measure to implement "the way." For the time being, I will keep the current rate of donation from my salary. I am fed up with soliciting email from other organizations for which I donate considerable amount. :(

Lake Langano

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It was the first rural area visit upon my arrival in Addis (July 1999). Experiencing wildlife and staying with local residents could be enough cultural shock on me. More understanding of people and way of their life kept me inside their society even in Addis Ababa. Though physical condition was unfavorable (I am afraid, still is), excursion to Langano lake became the central part of life long memory.

In Ethiopia, there are so many and big lakes along, called, Rift Valley area. The lake Langano is safe enough for entertainment in it. Everybody can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, and any other inner-lake activities. Refer to UNDP health guide (may be obsolete, though)

Click: Lake Langano photo archive

Technical Cooperation in Ethiopia

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The word "volunteer" from Korea Overseas Volunteer, itself, implies sacrifice innately. When it comes to engineering, my volunteering should be considered as technical cooperation, I think. Enumerating what I did at that time, I repeated introducing new technology, persuading its implementation, making MOE staffs understood from training, following up progress, and discussing issues to escape from stalemate that most of KOVs were prone to encounter in the middle of cooperation. That's it! Interacting with local staffs was the very virtue of volunteerism.

I returned back to Korea, November 2001. My juniors took over duties and are still managing their KOV operations very well. Refer to this link for more details. Photos below are snapshots taken while staying there (years of 1999 ~ 2001)

Photo set here

수도 아디스 아바바에 2년 넘게 있었지만, 이런 환경을 실제로 본 적이 없음. 사진이 있으니까 실제 상황이겠지만 약간 충격임. 여기 BBC 링크에서 사진과 설명을 볼 수 있음. 영어로~~~

Aiding Orphans Fighting AIDS

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Since the end of 2001, returning back to Korea from Ethiopia, no further information was available regarding the fight over what they faced. It is attributed, of course, to my indifference. Today, I could locate one of NGO operation sites in Ethiopia, called Awassa Children's Project.

Here below, access URL is available.

[Awassa Children's Project]

[Photo gallery]

Movement by performance, another type of endeavor, we can experience indirectly from there.

에티오피아 문자와 실제 손으로 쓴 글씨 입니다.

Alphabet of Ethiopian language (hereinafter, called Amharic) consist of numerous characters as shown in this link.

As a part of KOV orientation training prior to departure to Ethiopia, I had a chance to learn Amharic from native speaker. Unlike the appearance of typical Amharic typeface above, my handwriting for simple Amharic sentences visualize practical use of Amharic characters.

This is scanned copy of handwriting written by native Ethiopian.

Thirteen Months of Sunshine (Ethiopia)

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한글 번역은 아래에 있습니다. (Translation in Korean is availabe at the foot of this article)

Tour guide for Ethiopia sometimes says the phrase, "Thirteen months of sunshine." The 13rd month is additional short-term month. Right after rainy season around September, Ethiopian new year starts with great celebration.

Anyway, special calendar system implies Ethiopia's in-depth culture and historical prosperity. Ethiopia suffers overall difficulties in low economic condition, famine, and drought in lower land, however, on the other hand, has bright side in sophisticated culture, history, and potential natural resources.

Therefore, tours to Ethiopia can be meaningful for whoever are interested in history routes (especially on Christian sites), diversified natural environment from low to high land (around 3,000m above sea level), and modernized capital city of Addis Ababa.

Here below, photos taken by me or colleague volunteers and collected from magazine can be the starting point for you to imagine tour in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Overview

- Commercial bank of Ethiopia

- Addis Ababa city Overview from Piasa area

- Meskel square

- Ethiopian traditional dance performance

Sheraton-Addis: Fantastic illumination and luxurious premises

Hilton-Addis: 2nd rank hotel in Addis

에티오피아를 소개하는 자료에 보면 "13개월의 햇살" 이라는 말이 가끔 나온다. 12개월 이후의 짧은 한달을 말하며, 일반력으로 볼 때 우기가 끝나는 시점인 9월에 해당된다.

낮은 경제 수준, 가뭄, 기근 등으로 인한 어려움은 에티오피아를 부정적으로 보여지게 하는 것이지만, 세련된 문화, 유구한 역사와 천연 자원은 에티오피아의 발전 가능성을 긍적적으로 보여주는 것이라고 할 수 있다.

에티오피아에 산재한 고대 기독교 유적, 저지대로부터 고지대(해발 3,000미터 이상)로 이어지는 다양한 자연 환경, 현대화된 수도 "아디스 아바바" 등은 에티오피아 여행에 관심 있는 이에게 의미 있는 것들이 될 수 있다.

아래 사진은 본인 또는 동료 봉사단원이 에티오피아 체류중에 찍었거나 잡지로부터 얻어낸 사진들이다.

수도 아디스 아바바 사진들

- 에티오피아 상업 은행

- 피아사 지역(거리)에서 바라본 수도 전경

- 메스켈 광장

- 전통 춤 공연

쉐라톤 호텔 (에티오피아 최고의 호텔, 객실료 무지 비쌈, 아프리카에서 손꼽히는 호텔 중 하나, 국내 호텔과 비교 불허)

힐튼 호텔 사진 (2번째로 좋은 호텔, 객실료 비싼 편임)

1. 베르디의 오페라 [아이다]의 배경은 이집트와 에티오피아이다. 두 나라 남녀의 사랑 이야기가 오페라의 줄거리이다. 여자 주인공은 에티오피아 공주!

2. 베스트셀러 중 하나였던 [신의 암호]란 책은 그레이엄 핸콕의 저작이다. 성경에 언급되었고 에티오피아에 묻혀 있다고 믿어지는 성궤의 존재를 중심으로 이야기가 전개된다. The Sign and The Seal (위키피디아 정보), (한겨레 21 기사 참조)

3. 하루에 수도 없이 마시는 커피의 원산지 이다. (거의 정설임) 인터넷 검색 창에서 [커피의 원산지] 라는 검색어 넣으면 관련 자료 많이 나온다.


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에티오피아는 굶주림과 가난으로 알려져 있는 국가이지만, 다른 아프리카 국가에 비해 역사, 문화적으로 앞선 나라이다. 경제 잠재력 측면에서도 발전 가능성을 가지고 있다. 대중 매체를 통해 알려진 것은 부정적인 것이 많으나 에티오피아 발전의 원동력이 될만한 사실들이 의외로 많다.

우선, 3000년 이상 되는 역사를 바탕으로 한 성숙된 문화를 들 수 있다. 에티오피아는 아프리카에서 유일하게 고유 문자 체계(Amharic)를 가지고 있어 이에 기반한 고유 문화가 발달되어 있다. 예수 출현 시기 전/후부터 발전시켜온 기독교 역시 고유 문자 체계의 사용과 밀접한 관계가 있다.

에티오피아 전역에는 오랜 역사를 말해주는 유적, 유물들이 도처에 산재해 있어 관광 자원이 풍부하다고 할 수 있다.

수자원은 에티오피아의 다른 면을 반영하는 것 중 하나다. 블루 나일의 수원지인 따나 호수는 북동부 아프리카의 수원이 되고 있다. 국토 내에 존재하는 많은 호수는 농업 및 관광 자원으로서의 가치가 높다.

대외 관계에 있어, 에티오피아는 "아프리카 외교의 중심지 (Diplomatic Central of Africa)" 라는 별명을 가지고 있다. 아프리카 지역의 경제 발전을 위한 UN 기구인 아프리카 경제 위원회 (ECA; Economic Commission for Africa)와 아프리카연합(African Union)의 본부가 모두 에티오피아에 위치하고 있다.

지정학적인 면에서도 에티오피아는 유럽, 중동, 아프리카를 잇는 중심지에 위치하고 있기 때문에 아프리카와 다른 대륙과의 교류에 있어 중추적인 역할을 하게 될 것이라 예상되고 있다.