Our house in Addis Ababa

WP Ethiopia family 32A drawing of our house, where we lived between 1982 – 1989, made by our friend and artist Jill Last.

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We had a large house with three bedrooms, a study and servant quarters. Our car was a Toyota
Corolla and took three months to get from the port in Assab on the Red Sea to Addis Ababa.

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The living room

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The living room and the openings to the kitchen and bedroom area (left)

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The kitchen, Annette and Leila.

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Erik’s room

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The study, also used as a darkroom.

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Erik and our grill

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We grew vegetables, like this lettuce after a hail storm.

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Bananas that Björn bought when traveling to Southern Ethiopia. Young Erik and Korsa.

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We had many animals, including sheep. Our “flock” was let out in the morning, came home for
“lunch”, left again and came back around five. We never lost any animals, without a shepherd.

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The hay we bought for the animals was delivered by donkeys. Leila and Erik.

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We imported rabbits from Sweden, and gave many away. In the front a Belgian giant.

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Erik and domestic rabbits raised by an Italian who served them at his restaurant.

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Turkeys on their way to a new home, on one of the last days in Ethiopia. Head gardener
Ato Girma to the left, his son Teswai, and second gardener and night watchman Ato Korsa.

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We gave our staff money to buy an animal for holidays. This bull was slaughtered on our drive way. Left: Sisay
who was later hired to assist Ato Hailu the night watchman. Center: Teswai son of Ato Girma, Right: Ato Girma.

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Erik watching the butchering of the animal. Left: the son of Litke our maid,
Ato Girma. Centre: Ato Hailo the night watchman. Right front: Ato Korsa.

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Our drive way one Christmas, with meat hung up on our gate.

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A sheep divided into four portions. Each member of the staff drew a number to choose one pile.

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Lake Langano, south of Addis Ababa, a popular resort to relax and swim in the lake.
Weekends were short though, as government offices worked until noon on Saturdays.

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Erik at Lake Langano.

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Erik with friends. His best friend on the right was nicknamed Babysu and lived next door.

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At a picnic in Bale mountains with Lars Ögren (left) and daughter Ellen, xx and Ko-Chi Tung center right.

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Ellen and Erik fishing

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Annette and Erik.

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Erik with both Pooh Bear and his brother.

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