Wandering Harar

(Posted very late… apologies. I will catch my blog up shortly!) At the end of September I took the opportunity to explore a bit of Ethiopia before my mid-service conference. We bused from Addis to Harar – a 10 hour trip that provided endless picturesque scenes of markets, shops, wiki-up style houses, desert, rivers, mountains,…

Laughing

I’m a very serious person most of the time. I’ve been told on more than one occasion that I’m too serious.   But ya know, I like and appreciate a good gut busting laugh session too. Only problem is that sometimes it has been hard to find things to laugh about here. In no particular order:…

Jon’s Visit

My good friend, Jon, came to Ethiopia for a visit! Jon and I have known each other for about 4 years; we met on the river. He decided to pay me a visit; well, it was more than a visit. He was here for 45 days! (We found out while he was here that 45…

A Toast for my Papa Phil

This past week my Papa Phil (my grandfather) passed away.  I received a phone call in the middle of the night to tell me the sad news.  After the phone call, I spent the entire night thinking of ways to make it home to be there for his funeral, to be there for my family. …

Tafash!?! Finally Home

After 45 days in a hotel due to housing issues and trainings, I was finally able to return home  to Tikil Dingay on January 24th.  I had been in the hotel since December 10th.  Now, I’m not normally one to complain about a hot shower, nice bed, WIFI, and cable, but I really missed my…