The Wikipedia entry for Ethiopia mentions:

“In English, Ethiopia was also historically known as Abyssinia, derived from the Arabic form of the Ethiosemitic name “ḤBŚT,” modern Habesha.”

What it does not mention that there is also an Ethiopian restaurant with this name in Lausanne. Fortunately, I know people who know more than the Wikipedia. 🙂

One of the things that struck me as odd, after we had sat down, was the fact that the tables and chairs were “out of sync”. What I mean: The chairs were not in front of the (small) tables present but in front of, well, essentially nothing. Or rather something table like which was far too low to actually serve as a table. Only when I saw how the food was served to our neighbors (see the pictures here to get an idea), did I understand how things work. The “proper” tables where just for the drinks and more sauces etc., but the food is served in a big woven structure, which has a sombrero hat like lid and a woven pillar like bottom part. This then contains a big plate on which the food is served and it is also the actual table.

Oh, by the way, if you find eating with chopsticks too challenging then this is the place for you. Here you’re expected to eat with your fingers.

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