Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Man carrying matresses on his head at the market
Baskets displayed at the market
* Our last day in Ethiopia we spent the morning touring museums. It was great to hear more about Ethiopian history and culture. Of course, much of what we had already learned was from the Ethipian people themselves. They are very proud of their country and history. It was wonderful listening to Tsegay talk about the warmth of his people and the richness of his culture.
* We left HOH about 7pm after an afternoon of packing and saying goodbye. One nanny cried as she said goodbye to Etagegnehu. Even in the airport, and Ethiopian worker assisted me with Anna's big messy clothing/diaper disaster as Brian worked out our trip with the airline.
*The trip home lasted 36 hours. Addis Ababa to Khartoom to Frankfurt to Washington D.C. to Seattle. Next time I'll pay anything to make that trip shorter. Surprisingly, Anna didn't make the trip exceptionally harder, I just think that much travel is difficult no matter what. If anything, Anna distracted me from my own discomfort. We arrived home about 10pm on Sunday night. I went to the emergency room at 5am for traveling sickness and dehydration. Brian came down with a nasty cold that week and it took a week before we had Anna switched to our own time zone. And I still think it was easier than with Ernie.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
The sounds of Ethoipia. Someone mentioned this on our CHI yahoo group the other day. Here are some that stand out from the House of Hope.
* Rooster crowing. Not just in the morning, but all night.
* Rock music about 8am from the neighbors.
* Peaceful chanting from the mosque down the street 5:30am.
* Snarling, fighting, howling dogs all night long, especially if you stay in one of the smaller rooms at the front of the compound.
* Children laughing and playing. What better sound is there?
* "TA-goo". A long, drawn-out, high-pitched call to Anna every time we ventured out of our room. Esentially the nannies saying, "Come visit me!"
* Have I mentioned "Dinner is ready"? Music to my ears!