Blogs from Awasa, Southern Nations Region, Ethiopia, Africa


Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa July 7th 2013

Resumo: 7 dias de viagem, muitas imagens, muitos sentimentos, exaustão, estou bem. Um dia peguei um ônibus de uma cidade para outra aqui na Etiópia (Ziway a Sheshemene) e percebi que existia durante quilômetros diversos vilarejos. Pensei como seria bacana apenas andar por horas e horas e dizer “Salam!” (Olá!). Neste instante surgiu a ideia de fazer isso por alguns dias. Gostaria de compartilhar isso com alguém. Lembrei da frase “Happines only real when shared”. Neste outro instante pensei então em doar o presente de aniversário que ganhei de alguns amigos do Brasil ($). Eles disseram para eu gastar em algo legal para mim. Isso seria algo legal! Decidi realizar esta viagem na semana do dia 25/Junho. Neste dia eu comemoraria 1 ano de viagem. Parti com o intuito de comprar coisas de pessoas/comunidades simples e ... read more
Hamer Village
Hamer Woman
Guta & his family

Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa April 13th 2012

I got a bus from Autobus Terra to Awassa, or so I thought. After about half an hour, they gave me some of my money back and said it was only going as far as Shashemene. The change in the landscape was very noticeable the further south we got. It began to look a lot more like the African savannah you would usually associate with Africa. It was really slow and 5 hours later, we arrived in Shashemene. I transferred to a minibus to Awassa easy enough, but it was night time when I arrived. I got a room at the Midre Genet hotel, which was possibly the best value room I had in Ethiopia. I got some amazing pizza at the Dolce Vita restaurant - apparently the owner has had a special pizza oven imported ... read more
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Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa September 9th 2011

ETHIOPIA...Prehistory to Awasa...The Ascent of Man. The Ascent of Homo presented in many ways...ascent from the dust of the earth... creation... evolution... and drinking coffee. We drank coffee first...well at the end of every repast ...after all we had advised our Guide we thought it was a coffee tour...and he did not disappoint. Served in small cups, black, strong, clean, one sugar...pure Ethiopian. Not muddy like Turkish or Middle Eastern. In the North, Ermias had led us to the finest coffee houses...the best being in a hut of banana leaves in the jungle on the banks of Lake Tana. Now that we are heading South from Addis Ababa with Gobeze, we are taken to prehistory and archeological sites...but will there still be good coffee??? Now for the history lesson. In about 1894 , Emperor ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa August 4th 2009

I think it is about time that I owe everyone another blog. If only I could think of some things to talk about. Well, let’s see new developments. I got internet at my house so I can now check my email a lot more regularly. In fact it isn’t half bad. The days when I do have power, the majority of the town doesn’t so that frees up a lot of the bandwidth. I get asked a lot if I think I am making a difference and until recently I said I don’t really know. However, the second edition of the newsletter came out this week. It may seem like a small thing. I just sit down for about six hours and pump out a fairly decent looking document. However, in Ethiopia, this is very rare ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa June 25th 2009

Let’s see… It is one o’ clock on a Tuesday or Wednesday. I am at my house being completely lost at the fact I have had electricity for some part of the day since Saturday. I had power all day Saturday and Sunday, which never happens. I am just waiting for the power to get cut off for a good three or four days in a row. I am stocked on candles so that won’t be a problem. Chris Woodling or Biker as some people know him came out for a week and we had a great time. I won’t talk about that week because I plan on letting him do it with it being his first week in Africa. I am sure he will have some amazing observations and it will give you a break ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa May 7th 2009

Peace Corps has a very strict policy about traveling within country but without taking vacation days. This is a policy I that I adhere to without reservation. Did you know there are two Mexican restaurants in Ethiopia? One in Debre Zeit and one in Addis. On a side note I want to tell you a story. A Peace Corps Volunteer had a friend come into town the other day. They had a great time and when it was time for her to leave, he decided that it was in her best interest not to let her ride the bus alone. This PCV recognized an opportunity to get a burrito as she only lives two hours from a city which contains one of these Mexican joints. He decided to accompany her on this journey to her house. ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa May 3rd 2009

Hello Everyone, I am sure you all have forgotten about me since my last post. Let me catch you up-to-date. If you remember, I was volunteering at the HIV/AIDS NGO Forum. The newsletter I put together went to the printer. The coordinator is getting a lot of complements from it. Anyways after all that was finished, I went in to ask about starting a new project. Getnet(coordinator) had an idea for a health service mapping project which sounds pretty extensive. The goal is to survey every health service organization; community based organization, foreign NGO, as well as all faith based organizations. After about thirty minutes, we had drafted up a proposal for around $25,000USD. Getnet told me not to come to the funding meeting because when Ethiopians see White people they see dollar signs. There must ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa April 13th 2009

Hey Everyone. I know its been a while but I figured you just got tired of reading about me receiving packages and what I had to eat. Now I have some actual news. The Head Guy from the Aids Resource Council came down to Hawassa the other day to talk with his new Peace Corps volunteer, Rich. Rich is a pretty unique character; 6 years in the military and felt he wasn’t doing anything good for the world. So he joined the Peace Corps. He is doing IT work for the ARC trying to setup a computer lab for them to use. While Rich has been doing this I have been getting out and meeting the local NGOs. So Rich’s boss wanted to have lunch with me and talk about what gaps I have found in ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa March 23rd 2009

Hello everyone. Let's play a little bit of catch up. I got sick last week, just a little bit of the flu that is going around. Nothing big just a few headaches, runny nose, and tiredness. So what did I do, I read three books. Franny and Zooey by Salinger, The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night, and Whatever You Do, Don't Run. The latter was the best. I read two on Friday and one on Saturday. Then I worked on a special project I will tell you about later for the rest of the weekend. I am fine now and starting work. My networking is paying off and projects are starting to come along but anyway. I went to the Lewi Hotel at lunchtime to get some free internet. Today was a glorious day. ... read more

Africa » Ethiopia » Southern Nations Region » Awasa March 16th 2009

Hey Everyone!!!! I have a bunch to tell everyone but first, I have to thank Cheryl for her care package. It was amazing. One of the most beautiful things I have seen here in Ethiopia. It came with Playdoh, a small puzzle, Frisbee, socks, the biggest bag of Sour Patch Kids I have ever seen, 4 bags of Swedish fish and a whole case of assorted M&Ms. Thank you so much Cheryl, it was perfect. So this marks the one month of being at site for me. This means that we are allowed to travel in our region on the weekends. I am so excited. We had Bonnie and Kyle come up from the south, Brad from the west, and Marina from just north of us. They were all jealous of my package from Cheryl. We ... read more

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