Yes I am headed to Ethiopia

Blogging might be more erratic, if so I apologize.  Please don’t think I am getting sick of this — I am not — it’s just that convenient internet connections might be hard to come by in the more rural parts of the country.

Like from 2017:

Ethiopia has cut off internet access nationwide until at least June 8 to try to stop cheats from posting high school exam papers on social media, a government official said on Thursday.

The good news is they just turned internet access “back on” last month.  Let’s hope it stays that way.

At the very least, I have posts on autopilot.  Let’s hope I can add to those, and at the very worst MR will be back to normal and normally timed service in less than ten days.  The modal scenario is that in fact you will get more than average, but I can’t promise that either.  Wish me luck.


Not a single word about the other person that contributes content to this site.

The appropriate Trump comment concerning that is obvious.

What’s the appropriate Trump comment? Yuge? “Make Marginal Revolution Great Again”? What?

Your covfefe of this makes you seem like a dotard.

Lesson in segues: You are mixed up man, it is Qatar you go to if you want to bail out the family of the oligarch.

So ..... you're saying Alex is an FBI plant designed to entrapped TC in saying something that Mueller can later use to construct a bogus Obstruction charge?

Oh. My. God.

One day Tyler's productivity will cease to amaze me. Then I'll probably learn he's been dead for 5 years.

OK, I laughed.

Actually, fewer posts might be a good thing. I can’t keep up with all them! (Whatever the optimal rate of blogging is, TC is way over!)

Do you have current all the requisite vaccinations?

Do not drink the water.

Keep moving and maintain a low profile.

LOL. If you tried to get all the vaccinations, including the latest one for Ebola, probably it would cost $2000 out of pocket or more. And even with all the anti-malaria drugs in your body you can still catch malaria. Don't drink the water is sound advice. Keeping a low profile when you might be the only white man in the neighborhood is hard to do.

Bonus trivia: reading this book now, "The White Nile" by Alan Moorehead (1960), non-fiction, about white 'exploration'/'exploitation' of central Africa, sample random sentence "It was a miserable time for the Bakers. The rain poured down. Regularly each day Baker was seized by a violent attack of malaria, and all his quinine was exhausted... the crisis came in Feb 1864, Kamrasi announced that Baker should go to the lake, but Mrs. Baker must remain behind: he would provide Baker with a good-looking Bunyoro virgin in exchange for her."

"Ethiopia has cut off internet access nationwide until at least June 8 to try to stop cheats from posting high school exam papers on social media, a government official said on Thursday."

Sad as it may be, one must remember some Third World countries suffer from big social capital deficits.

In India, cheating is rampant.
In Red China, top politicians amass fortunes north of hundreds of millions of dollars, shocking the populace.

I don't get the point of the internet ban. It just means people won't find out if the exam questions leak. Or more to the point, it stops the democratization of the knowledge - both of the leak and the questions themselves.

Now the only people who will know that the questions have leaked - and the questions themselves - will be the elites in the Ruling Party.

Oh. Yes. Well. That could be the point I suppose.

It is not that simple. In first place, the Ruling Party would not be willing to spread the correct answers. It is outsiders doing the cheating. By cutting the internet, the government restricts dramatically the spread of the answers.

I’ve heard Ethiopian strip malls have excellent and authentic American food. Try it out and let us know.

I have a vision of an Ethiopian man in what he thinks is typical American dress, standing in a Strip Mall and saying "Howdy Pardner, come in and try our authentic New England Clam Chowder made with authentic kinche."

Humorous but Ethiopia gets less than 1M tourists a year, and it's a big country. By comparison, tiny Greece got 27 million tourists in 2017. The Philippines gets about 5M tourists annually, and you hardly see any of them, so 1M tourists is almost invisible. An Ethiopian restaurant catering to tourists, with such a menu, would go out of business soon.

Some years ago I was in Zambia to watch a solar eclipse. I saw a newspaper with the headline article saying that 20,000 people were expected to travel to Zambia to watch the eclipse. At first I thought: good, Zambia could use the influx of cash. But then I thought: 20K is probably about how many people visit Disneyland in a single day. This eclipse was probably Zambia's tourist event of the century.

Wikipedia says almost a million people visit Zambia per year, but I wonder how many of them are people who just walk across the bridge from Zimbabwe to enjoy additional views of Victoria Falls, and then walk back.

OTOH Zambia had okay infrastructure for tourists, we were always able to find a hotel or inn, restaurant, buses or drivers for hire, etc.

the influx of cash.

Those Zimbabwe tourists bring in billions of dollars. Just to buy a coke.

There are actually several pretty popular restaurants serving american food (and at least one pretty decent italian place) to tourists/expats/well-off Habesha. Check out Lime Tree in particular. I wouldn't say the food is great, though.

>Yes I am headed to Ethiopia

Did someone ask? Who?

He's made a few Ethiopia-related posts, including an entire post about Lalibela and its famous rock-hewn churches, so close MR-watchers expected this.

I wonder if he's also visiting Eritrea? I recently read a travel blog entry about Eritrea and it seems interesting. Eritrea's capital was apparently used by colonial Italian authorities as an experimental ground for then-modern architecture so it looks very cool.

In the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, VA there is an Ethiopian restaurant across the street from an Eritrean restaurant, which must be an awkward state of affairs given that Eritrea is a successful breakaway province of Ethiopia. In some Ethiopian stores in the DC area you can buy keychains that depict Ethiopia with Eritrea still part of it.

In Cambridge, MA there is an Ethiopian restaurant called "Red Sea", which is an irredentist statement as Ethiopia lost its access to the Red Sea when Eritrea broke away.

I am definitely curious to hear what the food is like. I tried to convince a friend in NC to eat at a local Ethiopian restaurant, and he said "what do they feed you there? A bowl of rice every six months?" We opted for Mexican. Sorry I had nothing more to add to this thread than a joke at the expense of impoverished Africans. Anyways, enjoy the trip.

Once while at a conference we went to an Ethiopian restaurant. When we arrived we discovered they had a buffet that night and it was almost over, with little food left. The response after telling the story to colleagues was "just like in Ethiopia."

As an aside -

Why is it that Ethiopians and Kenyans are so good at long distance runs, while West Africans (the region to which most African Americans belong) excel at sprints, but not at long distance runs.

Nah, race is a social construct.

Yes it is. And one of the "tells" is that adherents have no stable beliefs. For instance, one moment it may be about differences between East and West Africans, the next it may be about the uniformity of Africans.

By the way, did you see the guidance of the US census on what is "white?" If Egyptians are in, what is "African?"

Those would be different people and/or made-up people in your own head, or both

0 on a scale of 10

High altitude natural blood doping!

Yes, that and they train more.

The people who discovered/invented coffee will always have a warm space in my heart.

Maybe "natural coffee?"

Remember to take your hat and a whip - you never know know what you might stumble across..

Straussian reading: I am getting sick of this.

Instead of just rewriting the exams, they cut off the whole country's internet. Things make a whole lot of sense with this as the context.

Enjoy your trip Tyler. Don’t worry about feeding daily posts to this mob. They can wait.

PS. I think you’re becoming “ the world most interesting man “

I had the recent pleasure to see "Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul": do try to see it before you go to get a sense of the really unique and rich musical tradition developed in the early 70's. Who knows - perhaps you will get a chance to see Mahmoud Ahmed live in Addis Ababa - what a treat that would be!

Coincidentally, last night I picked up the Bradt guide to Ethiopia, for a likely future trip there. But it probably won't be until 2019 or 2020. My first step in foreign travel, after getting a Bradt guide or a Lonely Planet if there is no Bradt guide, is to figure out what months are the best ones for travel. Usually in Africa the dry season is preferable to the wet season but I don't know about Ethiopia, which has both lowlands and highlands with significantly different climates.

"Wish me luck": oh all right. Good luck, Mr C.

What route are you flying? via London? via Rome? via both? via neither? Are either of them close to Great Circle?

If he's smart, he'll fly nonstop to Addis Ababa from Dulles airport (the return flight stops in Dublin to refuel).

Dublin rather than Shannon? That's (mildly) interesting.

I'm surprised to learn that there's enough custom to keep a direct flight in business. Who are the customers?

Ethiopian food is amazing, but I have very few opportunities to enjoy it. I look forward to reading about Tyler Cowen's dining experiences in Ethiopia.

OK, it might seem like an empty boast to say that "the best Ethiopian food is in Los Angeles" but the fact is it might be true, for a reason strongly related to the purpose of this blog.

Los Angeles hits a sweet spot in wealth and regulation. Ethiopian food here will be sourced with the best ingredients in the world, and safe to eat.

"Los Angeles hits a sweet spot in wealth and regulation. Ethiopian food here will be sourced with the best ingredients in the world, and safe to eat."
Then, it is not real Ethiopian food.

The serious answer would be that cultural appropriation is the source of much progress in this world.

For instance, I was served "Brazilian" barbecue at a Hilton Hotel, for a bat mitzvah!

But was it authentic? Brazilian cuts are special ( ), and real Brazilian restaurateurs use only the best meats. Did they serve Brazilian pork ribs?

It was a pretty lean operation, with staff grilling skewers on gas grills. The lamb was good though, and it made me think I should do it myself, over charcoal.

What is your recipe for lamb marinade?

I have none. I just eat the best cows. Try it, though:

Let 400g of loin made in cubes rest in 150ml of red dry wine for 8 hours. cortado em cubos
150ml de vinho tinto seco
2 colheres (sopa) de óleo
200g de cebola picada
2 dentes de alho picados
5g de gengibre picado
1/2 colher (café) de sementes de amapola
1/2 colher (café) de cominho em pó
1/2 colher (café) de páprica
150g de molho de tomate refogado
1 copo de iogurte natural
1 colher (café) de açúcar
1 colher (café) de feno grego
100ml de caldo de carne
200ml de creme de leite
3 gotas de água de rosas

Mais receitas de Carnes

Linguiça de cordeiro
Cordeiro de panela
Pernil de cordeiro assado ao vinho e alecrim
Modo de preparo

Em uma vasilha, coloque os cubos de carne e o vinho.
Deixe marinar por 8 horas.
Then, stew garlic, onion and ginger on a pan. Add the meat, paprika and cumin and stir vigourously. Keep it cookinhg for five minutes, medium refogue as cebolas, o alho e o gengibre.
Junte a carne, as sementes de amapola, o cominho e páprica, mexendo bem.
Cozinhe por 5 minutos em fogo médio.
Acrescente o molho de tomate, o iogurte, o açúcar, o feno grego e o caldo de carne.
Cozinhe por mais 5 minutos e adicione o creme de leite e a água de rosas.
Deixe reduzir em fogo baixo e, quando a carne estiver macia, sirva quente.
Rendimento: 4 porções
Dificuldade: média
Tempo de preparo: 15 minutos mais o tempo da marinada
Tempo de cozimento: 25 minutos

The Brazilian steakhouses that I've been in (in both US & Canada) serve steaks from North American cows. I've been told that the Argentinian steakhouses in Toronto serve Argentine steaks.
The best steak I ever had was in an Argentinian-style steakhouse in Santiago, Chile.

Brazilian meat is way superior to any other, but, even with American cows, the Brazilian way of cutting them is superior.

Thago! Brazil sucks and everything about it sucks. Why don't you move to a poor favella outside Rio and walk around at night.

Have a nice trip. I am looking forward to your suggestions about Ethiopia.

Straussian? Fake SS?

An Ethiopian silver cross for the Mrs. would stand you in good stead for a long time.

can't wait to hear about the food. especially since NOVA has (I suspect) the best Ethiopian food in the US.

A VPN app helped me greatly during my stay there last year. That solved my Internet issues--beyond actual access.

Could you try to visit one of the new industrial zones and see if you can spot much economic activity, aka containers leaving, materials arriving.

You did not ask where to eat. Some years ago you wouldn't have had to. There was no food. When the East African Drought returns there will be no food but 100million Ethiopians instead of 77million. The only thing predicatble about the EAD is that it will return..eventually.

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