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Ethiopia : the Bradt travel guide /
Philip Briggs.
edition
5th ed. / updated by Brian Blatt.
imprint
[Chalfont St. Peter] : Bradt Travel Guides ; [Guilford, Conn.] : Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
description
x, 614 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., maps (some col.) ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1841622842 (pbk.), 9781841622842 (pbk.)
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imprint
[Chalfont St. Peter] : Bradt Travel Guides ; [Guilford, Conn.] : Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
isbn
1841622842 (pbk.)
9781841622842 (pbk.)
general note
Previous ed.: 2005.
Text on inside cover.
catalogue key
9944292
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 585-592) and index.
A Look Inside
Excerpts
Excerpt from Book
Chat I don't know where else to put this, and youdoeat it!Chatis a mildly stimulating leaf that is traditionally popular with Muslims (who are forbidden from drinking alcohol) and is now chewed throughout Ethiopia. For readers who have visited Kenya, it is pretty similar tomiraa, though I gather not exactly the same plant (and you see few Ethiopians with the manically glazed eyes I've come to associate withmiraa-ed out Kenyans). Chatceremony is generally a social thing. The idea is for a few people to gather in a room, where you each grab a few branches, pick off the greenest leaves, pop them into your mouth one by one, mush it all up into a cud, chew for a few hours and then, with whatever strength is left in your jaw, spit out the remaining pulp. Ideally, you devote the afternoon to group mastication, then go for a few beers to neutralise the sleeplessness that the leaves induce. The leaves taste very bitter so a spoonful of sugar helps it all go down. Now, I must admit that to me the effort involved in spending the afternoon chewing myself into foul-tasting oblivion holds little appeal especially when all sorts of cheap, pleasant-tasting, no-effort-required alcoholic substances are available in Ethiopia butchathas its devotees among travellers. It must be said that not everybody will spend their spare Ethiopian afternoons dashing about towns, plotting maps and checking out hotel rooms. As an Ethiopian friend says: 'chatceremony is good for killing time'.
First Chapter

Chat

I don’t know where else to put this, and you do eat it! Chat is a mildly stimulating leaf that is traditionally popular with Muslims (who are forbidden from drinking alcohol) and is now chewed throughout Ethiopia. For readers who have visited Kenya, it is pretty similar to miraa, though I gather not exactly the same plant (and you see few Ethiopians with the manically glazed eyes I’ve come to associate with miraa-ed out Kenyans).

Chat ceremony is generally a social thing. The idea is for a few people to gather in a room, where you each grab a few branches, pick off the greenest leaves, pop them into your mouth one by one, mush it all up into a cud, chew for a few hours and then, with whatever strength is left in your jaw, spit out the remaining pulp. Ideally, you devote the afternoon to group mastication, then go for a few beers to neutralise the sleeplessness that the leaves induce. The leaves taste very bitter so a spoonful of sugar helps it all go down. Now, I must admit that to me the effort involved in spending the afternoon chewing myself into foul-tasting oblivion holds little appeal – especially when all sorts of cheap, pleasant-tasting, no-effort-required alcoholic substances are available in Ethiopia – but chat has its devotees among travellers. It must be said that not everybody will spend their spare Ethiopian afternoons dashing about towns, plotting maps and checking out hotel rooms. As an Ethiopian friend says: ‘chat ceremony is good for killing time’.

Reviews
Review Quotes
'Essential reading for anyone with the remotest interest in Ethiopia...a complete reference book to Ethiopia as well as an excellent travel guide.' Travel Africa'An indispensable handbook for anyone wishing to visit Ethiopia.' The Guardian'Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country.' The Daily Telegraph"The Bradt Guide has almost everything you need to read about the country's history, tourist attractions and hotels, and proves itself to be an invaluable companion while in the country." SX News"Highly personal and informative guidebook ... his enthusiasm is reflected in every chapter." Business in Africa
"The Bradt Guide has almost everything you need to read about the country's history, tourist attractions and hotels, and proves itself to be an invaluable companion while in the country."SX News "Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country."The Daily Telegraph(UK) "Essential reading for anyone with the remotest interest in Ethiopia ... a complete reference book to Ethiopia as well as an excellent travel guide."Travel Africa "Highly personal and informative guidebook ... his enthusiasm is reflected in every chapter."Business in Africa "An indispensable handbook for anyone wishing to visit Ethiopia."The Guardian(UK)
"The Bradt Guide has almost everything you need to read about the country's history, tourist attractions and hotels, and proves itself to be an invaluable companion while in the country." SX News "Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country." The Daily Telegraph (UK) "Essential reading for anyone with the remotest interest in Ethiopia ... a complete reference book to Ethiopia as well as an excellent travel guide." Travel Africa "Highly personal and informative guidebook ... his enthusiasm is reflected in every chapter." Business in Africa "An indispensable handbook for anyone wishing to visit Ethiopia." The Guardian (UK)
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Fully updated, the fifth edition of this guide offers information on the history, culture, landscape and wildlife of the country for Westerners travelling off the beaten track.
Long Description
While the world taps its feet, Ethiopia breakdances with its shoulders � and Bradt's Ethiopia is the most thorough guide available to this vibrant land of majestic landscapes, rich history and welcoming people. Ever since its first publication, its blend of enthusiasm and down-to-earth advice has attracted rave reviews from both the travel press and readers.
Main Description
While the world taps its feet, Ethiopia breakdances with its shoulders ? and Bradt's Ethiopia is the most thorough guide available to this vibrant land of majestic landscapes, rich history and welcoming people. Ever since its first publication, its blend of enthusiasm and down- to-earth advice has attracted rave reviews from both the travel press and readers.
Main Description
While the world taps its feet, Ethiopia breakdances with its shoulders - and Bradt's Ethiopia is the most thorough guide available to this vibrant land of majestic landscapes, rich history and welcoming people. Ever since its first publication, its blend of enthusiasm and down-to-earth advice has attracted rave reviews from both the travel press and readers.
Main Description
While the world taps its feet, Ethiopia breakdances with its shoulders. This is an uplifting, inspirational country which confounds expectations. It's no featureless desert but a land of majestic landscapes surrounding a vast, fertile plateau. The rock-hewn churches in its medieval capital, Lalibela, are regarded by many as the eighth wonder of the world. Its people are welcoming, proud and besotted by their own culture and history. Bradt's "Ethiopia" is the most thorough guide available to this country rich in culture, history and dramatic scenery, and has been highly praised by both travel press and readers. 'Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country' "The Daily Telegraph ""(UK)"
Main Description
While the world taps its feet, Ethiopia breakdances with its shoulders. This is an uplifting, inspirational country which confounds expectations. It's no featureless desert but a land of majestic landscapes surrounding a vast, fertile plateau. The rock-hewn churches in its medieval capital, Lalibela, are regarded by many as the eighth wonder of the world. Its people are welcoming, proud and besotted by their own culture and history. Bradt's Ethiopia is the most thorough guide available to this country rich in culture, history and dramatic scenery, and has been highly praised by both travel press and readers. ‘Thorough and reassuring, it provides all the practical and background information to make readers leap from their armchairs and visit this vast, magical country' The Daily Telegraph (UK)

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