Friday, March 25, 2016

Katie in Ethiopia

One thing that made coming back to Ethiopia a lot easier, was having Spencer’s sister Katie come to visit! We all flew back on the same flight and spent 10 days traveling around Ethiopia, visiting Addis, Hawassa, Bale Goba, Riiraa, and of course, our town, Durame.

It was fun to show her all the places we usually go to in Addis and Hawassa. It’s so interesting to see Ethiopia through a tourist’s eyes, rather than those of a Peace Corps volunteer. It’s so different! She was excited to see things that I have long since forgotten were interesting when I first arrived. It was very refreshing.

hippo in Lake Hawassa
fishermen on Lake Hawassa
Sunset over Lake Hawassa
We also went to visit some new places with her, namely Bale National Park. We stayed with my friend and fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Samantha, in Goba which is just outside the park. We woke up before dawn and took a very crowded bus out to Riiraa to go hiking and see a waterfall. The bus ride took us through the coldest part of Ethiopia, so cold that hardly anything grows up there. It looks like the moon! Once in Riiraa, we walked to the trail head and started exploring. The forest was beautiful and it was so fun to hike around in the woods without seeing anyone. It was so peaceful.

Bale Mountains National Park
hiking in Bale Mountains National Park
climbing in Riiraa
Getting back to Durame from Bale was a challenge since there were some protests happening in Oromia. We took an alternate (although much longer) route and got there in the end. We had dinner with our compound family, took bucket baths, the power went out, we visited each of our schools, and heard the hyenas whooping at night. It was the perfect showing of our life here.

street art in Addis

Much sooner that I would’ve liked, it was time for her to fly back to California. We sat on another long bus and I cried when we dropped her off at the airport. Goodbyes are always hard, but it’s nice to know that we’ll be together again this summer. 

1 comment:

  1. This post was SO fun to read and remember. Even though it has only been a month, it feels like so long since I hugged you two goodbye at the airport. I am so thankful for these memories, and counting down the days until you're home. Loves!