Ethiopia follows an ancient Christian calendar which leaves it, date wise, at least seven years behind the rest of the planet.
Em Southey from Outposts Travel Africa travelled to Ethiopia and discovered for herself what it was like to be seven years younger. Her her experience is featured in Condé Nast Traveler in an article written by Smita Pranav Kothari.
Upon landing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Emma Southey joined the queue to get her tourist visa stamped. Southey remembers the process being very efficient and, within no time, she was officially in the country. However, when Southey, a travel consultant at Outposts Travel Africa, looked at the date on the receipt, it read 26 July 2008. She thought to herself: “Am I going crazy? I’m sure when I left the UK it was 2015!”