Ethiopia has officially rocked my world!

Addis Ababa Travel Blog

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My first photo in Ethiopia

After leaving the orphanage, I traveled to Ethiopia as an invited ambassador for AJC (American Jewish Committee) to meet with Foreign Ministers, the US and Israeli ambassadors, world health and economic infrastructure NGO’s and several poor schools.  I got the opportunity to travel around Ethiopia with Dr. Rick Hodes where we fed remote tribal children and pregnant mothers iodine tablets (prevents blindness) and de-worming pills (de-worms them).  These experiences • especially forcing tribal children to swallow medicine will change you.  Forever.

Ethiopia does things differently.

Local boy fishing for his family's dinner.
  First of all, it is the year 2000 (they are 8 years behind the rest of the world).  Secondly, they have 13 months in a year.  And thirdly, their 12-hour daily clock starts when the sun rises (6am).  So, at 7am, it is the first hour of the day so it is really 1:00 for them.  At 8am, it is the second hour of day and so it is 2:00.  Then, when the sun sets at 6pm, it starts over again: 7pm is 1:00 for them (the first hour of night).  And 8pm is 2:00 (the second hour of the night). This is just the beginning of their interesting culture....

Internet here is absolutely horrific.  It takes 20 minutes to send ONE email.   So, I will have to update this blog as soon as I get to Tanzania (assuming things work better there).

ETHIOPIA HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.  I spent time in Addis Ababa, Axum, Lalibela, Gondar, Bahir Dar, Arba Minch and the INCREDIBLE Omo Valley.  I can't wait to share stories and photos of the Omo Valley.  The Omo Valley has to be one of the most incredible places on the planet.  Wait until you see my photos of the tribes that live there.  The Banna, The Hamer, The Omarate tribes - they are truely unbelieveable.  You have to see to believe.

So, I apologize in advance: I have stories and photos of EACH of these places and will update them when I find a sufficient Internet..... For now, check out just a few of my posted photos.

mseffie says:
It can be a bit tough to get hold of 4wd and to get your bearings in addis at first. Must recommend http://www.freewebs.com/addisababa/index.ht as a hustle free guide.
Posted on: Mar 05, 2008
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My first photo in Ethiopia
My first photo in Ethiopia
Local boy fishing for his familys…
Local boy fishing for his family'…
Mission accomplished.
Mission accomplished.
My first African sunset (over Lake…
My first African sunset (over Lak…
Yes - shes real.
Yes - she's real.
Hello to you too.
Hello to you too.
This woman did not look very healt…
This woman did not look very heal…
Its all in the face.
It's all in the face.
The coolest priest in Lalibella
The coolest priest in Lalibella
Thats an itch - not a cell phone.
That's an itch - not a cell phone.
Sunday morning mass: 5am.
Sunday morning mass: 5am.
All in her face....
All in her face....
A family house 250km south of Addi…
A family house 250km south of Add…
landscape with ant hills
landscape with ant hills
Monkeying around
Monkeying around
Local fisher-boy!
Local fisher-boy!
Fisherboys
Fisherboys
Sunset from Bishangari (250kms sou…
Sunset from Bishangari (250kms so…
Broken boat before Hippo-spotting
Broken boat before Hippo-spotting
Birds and humans
Birds and humans
from the boat.
from the boat.
Hippo-hunting
Hippo-hunting
The Baboon that charged me!
The Baboon that charged me!
Fisher-boys
Fisher-boys
Sitting in the tree-bar on Valenti…
Sitting in the tree-bar on Valent…
Preparing coffee
Preparing coffee
My local friend
My local friend
Local houses
Local houses
The lighting in the church makes m…
The lighting in the church makes …
amazing. words cant describe.
amazing. words can't describe.
A 5am sunday mass in the mezmerizi…
A 5am sunday mass in the mezmeriz…
she smiled after....
she smiled after....
Addis Ababa
photo by: musicdan