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Ethiopia, Day 10: Mesmerized

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It’s a vast country, Ethiopia — not in terms of actual land mass, but in variety. I feel like I’ve visited several countries, not just a small slice of the southern lands. The landscape keeps changing with me, mesmerizing me.

This morning we left the lush lands of the coffee growing region, a place I have thought of often — every morning, in fact, when I make my morning cup o’ java. It always reminds me how connected we all are. With each and everyone of us following our DNA chain back far enough, you will end up in Africa, and our morning “wake up call” reminds us that thinking and acting globally truly reaches beyond our hometown.

Here are some more pics from over the last few days:

I’m back in Addis Ababa now and ready to get back in the classroom, where the joy I experience is in fact priceless!

Peace, love and creativity,
Stephanie

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Ethiopia, Day 9: Fair Trade

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We have been on the go, from waking up early to find a Sunday market to bouncing along on an incredibly bad road for more hours than I care to mention. We left the dry heat of the tribal lands for the incredible lush coffee-growing region. We are staying at a coffee farm, and upon arriving in this beautiful areas Yirgacheffe and Yirgalem.

ImageThe upside is our team is fun and good-spirited, and the landscape simply could not inspire me any more. Each area’s so different and inspiring.

The bad news is, it’s really poor. When I think of the coffee trade and the massive amount of money made on coffee, and you see how very poor the people doing all that work for our morning coffee experience are — well, all I can say is buy fair trade. They are not asking for aid, just fair trade.

The highlight of the day was painting on location on a coffee plantation as the sunset. Pure joy!

There is so much more to share, but I’m utterly exhausted. So until next time, thank you for joining my journey!

Stephanie

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