Learning at Tigray

First Impressions

We arrived 2 days ago and we are really impressed with the landscapes we see from the Lodge. We are 5 km far away from Adigrat, a city situated 2500 m altitude, amazing views! Our new colleagues here are really fun and all the staff is very happy …

Hiking in Adigrat

Today it has been a fantastic day. We had a wonderful hike to see the marvellous views from Adigrat. We had a sunny day. We walked for 6 hours, we reached up to 3000 metres altitude, we have seen orthodox churches, people separating the wheat from…

THE LODGE IS NOW A REALITY!

Giovanni and me were in Ethiopia almost one year ago. Even though I think of my new Ethiopian friends very often, I can’t have a good relationship with them because communication is sometimes difficult. But I do have communication with the wonderf…

On the plane!

Oh well, It is moment of truth time! I’m a bit nervous but I can’t wait to meet my colleague Giovanni and to get to Ethiopia!

Who knows?

I remember with a big smile on my face the first day the staff saw us with our NH Hoteles T shirt. They were really surprised because they thought NH was a fashionable brand in Europe! When we explained to them that it was the chain of hotels we w…

The Giuliani calendar

Ethiopia is the only country in the world where they use a different calendar. They use the Giuliani calendar instead of the Gregorian, which is the one used in the rest of the world. They have 12 months of 30 days and 1 month with 5 or 6 days (ev…

Nice lunch in the restaurant

Today we have been working a lot. In the morning I was teaching Desta & Desta (manager and accountant) about the administration of the lodge. It’s very satisfactory to see that they understand what I explain to them. While they were practising man…

FINISHING THE KUNANOS

What a hard day. Today it was my last morning at the lodge. Hellen and Tirhas were finishing some kunanos they didn’t finished yesterday because they didn’t have rubber bands. It’s time to say goodbye. I could not contain my tears. Everybody told …

What a hard day!

Today it has been a hard day. I’ve been training the housekeepers. After explaining to them the scope of the work, some of them seems really upset, they discussed in Tigriña, the local language, and I didn’t understand anything but the body langua…

Finally… working at the hotel!

We woke as usual at 07.30 to go down to breakfast in Adigrat as always. We went up fast to work at the hotel. Today I started teaching the reservation system to the receptionists. It’s a bit difficult because they are very shy and ashamed to pract…