I'll have my cake and eat it too
Trip Start Sep 18, 2005
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After arriving in Ethiopia at 3am on September 20th. I was at the office by 1pm. To be greeted by an eager and enthusiastic Katie, who was so ready for me to arrive and for us to jump right into our project. And I was surprisingly ready. After working through the weekend at the miniconference we had I was happy, and relieved to have monday and tuesday off. But like most holidays, I just didn't get the rest I needed to recoup.
This past Tuesday was Meskel, and because of the chaos and work of the last week and weekend, Katie and I as well as getting Monday afternoon and Tuesday off, also asked for Monday morning
Meskel (I know I've spelt it wrong) is a large holiday in the Ethiopian calendar, celebrated on the 17 of the first month of the ethiopian new year. People gather in Meskel Square and burn a large cross out of Eukalyptus branches and then use the ashes to cross their foreheads. That was a completely ignorant way of describing it, but that's all I have on it now. Fortunately (though at the time we thought it was fortunate) we missed the actual ceremony and arrived at Meskel as everyone was leaving. It turned out that there were some people throwing rocks, it just wasn't a good scene.
Anyways, we hung out the nite before a Khatija's and it was too late to go home, so we spent the night at her place watching "sex and the city" and being up until 2am. It was actually really great to leave the stress of the last week behind, as I hadn't noticed how much tension I had been walking around with.
We then woke up in the morning and headed to Meskel square- after watching one episode of Sex in the city of course! We went to Kaldy's for breakfast, which is an café on Bole Rd
There is a story to these people. And I don't know what the point in me coming here is just yet, but I know the impressions these people have on me are sticking to me like mud on the bottom of your shoe, on a rainy day.