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... friendly. I got invited for coffee twice on my first day. Oh my god, coffee. Coffee is serious business in Ethiopia. No matter if you get it from a machine or as part of the traditional coffee ceremony, it is freaking delicious. I prefer the traditional one (bunda) as it has a different taste because of the spices they put in there. As part of the ceremony they also put frankincense on the table and some green twigs in the coffee, which I don't know what they are (they call ...
... to a sea of school children staring at me, First they asked for water, then money. I explained that if they just concentrated in school they too would soon be financially independent but it fell on tiny deaf ears and they continued to accompany me like an entourage of under 8s. It all seemed harmless enough and when we passed a stall selling footballs, they all pointed and asked me to buy them one. I wasn't about to share my water or give them money but I felt that ...
... br> that he has a softer side. He
shares his unpretentious small house with about 15-20 of his patients at any
one time. They were all at dinner
last night. Some are fresh
post-ops that stay with him for weeks after surgery for supervised recovery
before they travel closer to home.
For all of that he pays out of pocket, there is no slush fund. Several of the children with more serious
life-threatening issues he ...
... place. The people I've met I love. Their kindness and hospitality is humbling. To meet the relatives and family friends who were a part of Kidist and Ruth's early life and to be thanked for what we've done has been overwhelming at times.
Today a relative told me the girls have received more love from Susie and I than they would have if they'd stayed in Ethiopia and been raised by a relative. That brought tears to my eyes. Adoption of older kids was not ...
After a brief rest in our hotel, we were off again to have dinner with relatives. They served us a traditional Ethiopian spread and performed the traditional coffee ceremony (roasting the beans over a flame in the living room, etc.). The hospitality was exceptional and the smiles on the faces of so many relatives and neighbors made the entire evening a joy.
By 9PM were were heading back to our hotel and ready to attempt to catch up on a lot of missed sleep.