Ethiopia, Day 13: Between Two Worlds

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As I take rest in Frankfort overnight before returning home, I reflect on an inspirational, thought-provoking trip. I look forward to using my language of images to express all that was experienced and felt!

From the road…

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Um, yeah, happy to have stayed safe.

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We stayed safe due to the best, friendliest, happiest, makin’ friends everywhere driver, Jimmy. (Which, to answer the question I asked at the beginning of our journey, was indeed his real name.)

Just about every time we turned around, Jimmy was experiencing the people, from the time we returned to the car to find him borrowing a local bike, to being dressed up in full tribal wear, to dancing and singing with the local children. We felt lucky to have Jimmy along!

 

The tribes …

The schools …

The players in this adventure: Aklilu, Helen, Elaine and myself … (The scarf over our heads was to protect us from the crazy intense sun — it was 42 degrees Celsius this day. I think our smiles were even an effort.) Moments afterward, Elaine almost fell in a fire. The locals had a blast laughing it up on our account. Always happy to be of entertainment, us ferengi!

Thank you for following my journey! More soon …

In transit,
Stephanie

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