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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa December 1st 2011

I want to start this blog entry by saying thank you for all of the positive feedback I've been receiving! I'm glad you've been enjoying these entries- and I hope my future ones won't disappoint! Today's blog entry won't be so light hearted though. I'd like to give you a bit of information about how I've been using the money that I raised before I came here. I think I've mentioned before that I wanted to use the money to help the girls at the shelter I've been working at- OPRIFS. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for OPRIFS, they have everything they need. They have food, shelter, medication, toys and stationary- just to mention a few! They have a wonderful philosophy though- they don't want the girls to become accustomed to a 'comfortable' life- many of ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa November 11th 2011

Beginning of week 2 - Nov. 7 Saturday we had our first experience applying the chicka (mud) to the walls of a structure. A mixture of fine dirt, water and straw is formed into balls and thrown against the stick frame wall, then smeared to fill in the spaces. There was much apprehension towards this job because of what we knew to be in the mud around most homes here. It was explained that this chicka dirt is obtained from quarries and cleaned before it is delivered, as well as the straw. It turned out to be quite fun, although incredibly messy, especially when one is inside the room, handing the chicka balls to the chicka plasterer. The Habesha work barefoot and bare-handed, while we're all covered up, including gloves. Mud is literally flying and I ... read more
Coffee ceremony
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Priests singing at St. Mary's Church, Entoto

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa November 4th 2011

Nov. 3 A little info about our accommodation in Addis. The Wabe Shebelle Hotel, where the team is staying, is a long established hotel, probably formerly posh, where many visiting groups stay. Presently, we are sharing the facility with a medical volunteer team from Seattle, who are involved in training staff at a local hospital, 180 newly minted Ethiopian doctors, who are in training before they are dispersed to complete their 5-year term of required service to repay the cost of their education; a male athletic team of some sort and various tour groups and individuals. The hotel is a bit shabby and was recently returned by the government to the grandson of Haile Selassie. Perhaps it will be restored to its prior grandeur. It appears that locals are subject to frisking and bag searches, regardless ... read more
Aby, Emebet and Me
School girls
School kids

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa October 30th 2011

Take yourself back to 29 October 2004... Where were you? What were you doing? I was at the Sheraton, drinking screw drivers, teaching Mary (my host sister) how to swim and getting caught up in an Ethiopian wedding. Oh, that's right- that was yesterday!!! Yes, folks, Ethiopia is quite literally 7 years behind. I'm sitting here with a beer, feeling quite illegal- the drinking age here is 18, and I am apparently 14 years old right now. How rebellious!!! Also, just quietly, perhaps a West Australian calendar for 2012 wasn't the best gift idea? I also planned my stay so that I would be here for Christmas- I am meant to leave on 27 December. Turns out Ethiopia's christmas is in January. Genius, Sarah, pure genius. This isn't an entry to inform you so much of ... read more
Wedding party
Wedding food
Fermented honey

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa October 30th 2011

The trip started out rather poorly. Arrived in time at SFO thanks to Moose, checked my luggage through to Addis and got to the boarding gate in plenty of time. Then I learn, oh-oh, the flight is delayed, and I have a 55 minute window between deplaning and boarding my next flight in Amsterdam. Find out some inspectors are going over the plane before boarding can be allowed. We leave 45 minutes late - I'm screwed. Add to that the fact that I'm in a middle seat on a 10 hour flight. 3 movies and 2 meals later, we finally land in Amsterdam at 9:50 am and my next flight leaves at 10:10. I have been rebooked on a flight scheduled to leave in an hour via Nairobi. I have no way to let Boots and ... read more

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Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa October 27th 2011

From the red sea to the dead sea, I think I left off just before our trip to Madaba in Jordan. Madaba was pretty good- we went and saw a church, and some others went to Jerash, but I think we all agreed that it isn't a necessary part of the Jordan trip. When we left from Madaba we headed to Amman, via the Dead Sea. You'd be surprised by how much greenery is on the way to the dead sea- but, there you go! We were told that if we had any cuts we would definitely feel them once we got into the sea (which is crazy salty). Fortunately I wasn't one of the few who had shaved their legs that morning haha but trust me, there was plenty of stinging on my end too! ... read more
Could you ask for anything else?
Dead Sea
Dead Sea

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa September 4th 2011

Ok so now that I am finally settled in and I have the day off I figured I would give a good update. Addis is like everyone has described to me, dirty, kind of smelly, but rich in history and culture. I should probably be edting these things to give it a little more structure bt its more fun to just type whatetever thought comes into my head, so you will have to bear with me. When I landed I had a bit of luggage trouble, had to wait around the airport for about 45 minutes until someone fiinally found my bag. It was very comforting though to see Simon with holding a sign with my name on it. The first coffee I had was in a nice outdoor setting under some palm trees overlooking the ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa June 18th 2011

Long flights home. Kilimanjaro to the Mombasa bus-stop then on to Addis Ababa. Five hour wait at Addis Ababa airport before boarding a plane to London. Completely exhausted by then but all that happens is I get more exhausted by the time I land back at Heathrow. There are questions multiplying in my head and answers keep appearing before me, tempting me to pretend I know what I want next. Is this what happens when you run at life? Does it come at you even faster? When I was very young, I used to dream of running through lush, green, wet forests, will-o-the-wisps dancing their riddles around me as I went. This is beginning to feel like the part of life where dreams begin to come true. ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa May 17th 2011

In case you’re wondering, dear reader, I can report from Addis Ababa that Ethiopian women are beautiful indeed. The local ladies are famed throughout the world for their otherworldly beauty, and strolling through the streets of the capital leaves one in no doubt the ladies are stunning! It seems having your hair done is an absolute must before venturing out onto the streets of Addis, and every day elegant big hair beauties with stunning facial features grace the sidewalks. Let’s bring you briefly up to speed, where the journal left off in Kigali at the end of an excellent fortnight in Rwanda. I took a midnight taxi to the airport, and we had to pull over during the trip as the President roared past in his Mercedes with a blaring police escort. The Ethiopian airlines flight ... read more
African lion zoo park
Statue at the Cuba friendship park
Another photo at the lion zoo park

Africa » Ethiopia » Addis Ababa Region » Addis Ababa January 28th 2011

Who would think that Addis Ababa could produce such a New Years Eve party? Originally having no idea how to spend it and after only finding bars with prostitutes in them every other time I went out. Me and 3 other travellers decided to play cards for 4 hours. With the time ticking away for 2010 we made the bold call. ‘Let’s try and sneak into the Sheraton Hotel and join up with the biggest party in Addis Ababa!’ When I arrived in Addis for New Years it was my second visit here. I spent a few days there a few weeks earlier. Back then I hated the place. I hated the people, the food, I hated the music and the overall structure the country worked in. The music seems to find every off-beat with every ... read more
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