Nothing like several hours of sleep… a warm shower…a great breakfast… and coffee, of course…to get us feeling like ourselves again. Brandi and I are ready for our first day of work! Also we were happy to see Jackie today for the first big day. We were happy to see her. She seemed well rested.
By the way, coffee is Ethiopia’s largest export, accounting for over 60% of the country’s income from exported goods.
Brandi, who’s not a big coffee drinker, had this to say:
“Oh, this coffee is SOMETHING for the non-coffee drinkers”
As for work, we headed to two transition homes today. One had babies up to the ages of two and a half. The other had kids up to age 13. As the children’s cases within the transition home are covered with strict confidentiality, I can say that everyone we’ve met – the children and adults – are simply beautiful people.
We also spent some time doing a little sightseeing in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addis_Ababa). Our guardian angels for all of our adventures are our three “travel coordinators” – Dawit, T, and Job (a small friend is joining them) I can’t imagine where we’d be without them.
They also guided us through our first meals…
The rolled up brown bread is called “injera.” It’s a common Ethiopian staple with meals, used to scoop up veggies and other food.
Our afternoon coffee took place at Kaldi’s, which has been called “Starbucks on Steroids.”
Job also gave us a tour through a huge outdoor market in town.
We were able to pick up a few items. But, thank goodness Job was there to look out for us…lots of people…and lots of things.
We begin our work in the orphanages soon. I’m sure this will be a big step along our emotional roller coaster.
Thanks for all your thoughts and posts. We'll be in touch soon…
Brandi, Angie, and Jackie