If Cher was truly serious about turning back time she would be my neighbour in Ethiopia, but there would be no stars left in the sky and she would be back to wearing that dressless strap again while straddling a big gun, arghhhhhh!
Ethiopia is a great country to reside in if you have trouble dealing with your age. Currently I am 25, again! (But for those who always thought I was younger than I am, you were right!!). So you are wandering how in this global world I could possibly be turning 25 again soon, in 2 months in fact (I will eagerly be awaiting the mail). It is presently 2001 and we celebrated the millennium just a few months ago, and have forgotten to take down the banners we are so excited about it. Also we get up at 0 o’clock and have breakfast by 1am and leave for the office at about 2am. I know (I hear you say) we are so dedicated we never sleep! Well actually we go to bed at 4pm, just to make sure we are rested for the big day ahead. Ethiopian time starts when the sun rises, which actually makes a whole lot more sense to me. So there is faranji (foreigner) time and local (Ethiopian) time. In trying to assimilate it can be very confusing, as you tell the driver to pick you up at 8am and you just have to hope that he is not there at 2pm! Oh, one more thing to spin you out! They also have 13 months of the year (which is actually the reason for the difference in the dates). There are 12 months of 30 days and 1 month of about 6 days. So for each of our years they are about a day behind.
Time travel to Ethiopia is obvious in so many places! With horse-drawn carts and a distinct lack of elevators you really do feel like you have stepped back in time, maybe even prior to 2001 (when were horse-drawn carts last used?!). I love the horses and donkeys that make their way around town. It gives me a feeling of peace.