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Insightful, clearly written, highly recommended
on August 4, 2015
This little book is packed with information and insights that helped me understand a culture that was complete foreign to me ahead of my first visit. It contained all of the great parts of a guidebook, without heavy page after page of advice on where to stay and eat, which I didn't need. It's clear that the author understands both Ethiopian and western culture -- she helped me to understand how the two worlds perceive and interact with each other.
Particularly helpful to me in my recent visit:
1. How/why Ethiopian people both respect and look down on westerners.
2. The Ethiopian system of telling time, which is completely different than western time.
3. Traditional greetings (so I was prepared when I was offered a wrist-shake)
This was my first Culture Smart book -- I'll definitely seek them out in the future.