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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa December 23rd 2012

I had an Ethiopian dance party last night. I went out and enjoyed lots of different "local" bars and clubs. I was quite the attraction! I only kind of ran into one other white guy, but he had his entourage of prostitutes keeping him busy at what was more of a brothel than bar, I just kind of turned around and left. I met up with a friend I use to work with and had some coffee. She works at the UN now, another example of what you can do with an arts degree! She told me that I found sketchier parts of the city than she had! That came after I told her about chewing chat and drinking beer with some locals and then being shown (through some back alleys and pulling a secret cord) ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa December 21st 2012

I made it to Addis Ababa! After two nights on an airplane, and 2 hours of sleep the night before my first airplane , I was exhausted. Fortunately Ethiopia is very famous for Coffee, which ended up being one of three things that kept me awake for a fun and full day. Immediately I noticed there are a number of things about Ethiopia that struck me as very different than anywhere else I have been in Africa. One, they don't serve Nescafe, they serve coffee, and it is so cheap and delicious that I am already in love with the place. Two, it is very developed incomparison. All the main roads appear to be paved while only side streets are sand and stone. Also, people didn't laugh when I wanted hot water at a budget accomodation, ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa November 10th 2012

10th Nov ’12 Lalibela to Addis Ababa It was a morning flight back to Addis with the usual drink and a bun and soon we were back on a bus in heavy traffic after having seen one of our group off at the airport. Then there were more goodbyes as another two people were dropped off at their hotel and once we reached the Ghion again it was our turn to say our goodbyes. It was quite sad to be leaving the group, they are a lovely bunch of people, good company and good fun. Sue is an excellent tour leader who always went that bit further to ensure we got the most from our time in Ethiopia, her love and passion for the people and the country was inspiring and infectious. One of the most ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa November 2nd 2012

Back again and we have safely arrive in Addis Ababa. Things have slowed down quite a lot for us since the rushing around of Egypt and we haven't achieved a great deal since we last blogged. We arrived early morning and got visas etc fine, after being betrayed by 5 cashpoints we finally got a wad of Ethiopian Birr in our hands and got some emergency sleep at the hotel. Suffered a bit from culture shock on arrival after the comparative ease of Egypt. It's been a while since we were in sub Saharan Africa and we needed to adjust our eyes once again. I'm pleased to say we have settled in and have embraced the lack of time keeping, slow pace and cool clean (away from the roads) air of Addis. So far we have ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa August 18th 2012

Its been a month, almost two actually, since I returned from Ethiopia and I've been avoiding writing a final entry as much as possible. I think I realized why I didn't want to write it (this also reflects my lack of a closure from my Italy blog)...I don't really want to accept that this wonderful, amazing experience I just had is over. I'm not in Ethiopia anymore, I don't get to see those awesome kids every day and it makes me sad. I cannot even begin to hope I made a smidgen of a difference in the lives of any of the kids I worked with at Onesimus, but they made an enormous difference in mine. I hope I can continue to be in contact with the organization and help them in any way that I ... read more
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Hanging out with the halfway home kids 3
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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa June 29th 2012

I've been in Ethiopia for a little over a week now so I guess it's time to finally add something to the blog. Hopefully I'll get better at updating on a regular basis but needed some time to get my bearings and adjust to life on the road. My arrival in Addis Ababa was fortunately uneventful and I met Karen and got to her house here in the city pretty easily. She is living with 5 other Emory med students who are working here over the summer at different hospitals in the city. The house they are staying in is much nicer than I expected and feels very western. My sleeping arrangements consist of a closet under the stairs which is kind of funny but actually nice because I'm out of the way of everyone getting ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa May 27th 2012

Selamnachu! This week, I want to tell you a little about what typically goes on daily at Onesimus. Everyday is truly an adventure, even though we do have a schedule, you never know what is going to happen. The majority of my time at Onesimus is spent with the drop-in center boys, the boys who are still sleeping on the streets at nighttime but come to the center Monday through Friday from about 8am to 3pm. I think of these boys, Amanuel, Befekadu, Besufekad, Endaweke, Abebe, Adonias, Yidenacachew and Esrael as my boys because I’ve spent so much time with them and have gotten to know them so well. Before Onesimus had any foreign volunteers, which is pretty much up until this January, the staff each had their own scheduled activities with the drop-in center kids; ... read more
Abebe kicking the soccer ball
Abebe, Amare and Endaweke
Esrael and Endaweke playing cards

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa April 21st 2012

Selamnachu y’all, I have a new name to add to the list of alternatives the boys at the drop-in center call me; Alyska! I think this one might be the most creative yet. The boy who solely refers to me by this name, finally corrected my pronunciation of his name this week, just a little one letter difference. I found it wholly entertaining as it would be futile for me to even attempt to correct the boys after they’ve become so creative with the various manifestations of my name since I arrived. I feel like in the time I have been working with Onesimus there is now a regularly attending group of about 10 boys and most of them have really started to adapt and behave. To these boys who I see almost everyday, I am ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa April 12th 2012

In total, I had spent about 10 days in Addis, although half of this time I had spent being sick, the other taking a break from travelling altogether. Addis certainly isn’t a city over endowed with tourist attractions or things to do. It does have a certain character, which I’m not sure whether I really liked or not. On the one hand, the city is fairly filthy, particularly the area around the Mercato. This is supposed to be the biggest open market in Africa and the smells emanating from it would suggest that this might be true. It can also seem like that there are a couple of beggars on each corner, some amputees, some mothers with children, some down and out alcoholics. Then there is the hassle you get from the idiotic Rastas around the ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa April 10th 2012

After leaving Harar, which had us waking up at the ridiculous time of 3 a.m., but not actually going until 4 a.m., we arrived back in Addis Ababa about 10 hours later. I was looking forward to spending the weekend back in Addis, but unfortunately I spent it being sick and didn't end up doing a whole lot. As soon as I felt better, I decided to go out to visit the Wenchi Crater Lake. I took a minibus from Addis to Ambo, which was only 2 hours away. This was the quintessential Ethiopian minibus ride, with 4 people to 3 seats, a woman getting sick beside me, the windows being kept shut in spite of this, people seemingly unable to decide whether they were getting on or off the bus and doing both in the ... read more
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