This time last year I was doing curriculum development work at One Planet International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
My daily routine involved perhaps enjoying a fresh papaya or melon for breakfast, walking through throngs of people and cattle and derelict cars to work, working on Social Studies and Character Education material for the school, eating shiro for lunch, and spending the evenings with friends in my wee apartment.
|My Ethiopian home|
There were many tests and difficulties faced for all of us who worked there, but looking back the joyful experiences far outweigh the not-so-pleasant ones, and I'm glad it's like that. I want to look back on my time in Ethiopia with rose-tinted glasses, so that everything I saw and everyone I met has a golden light shed upon them.
Working at a Baha'i-inspired school meant that I worked with people from very far-flung places; from Finland to Australia, North Carolina to China, as well as Ethiopia. It was an incredible chance to dive into a beautiful culture and people, and share that new experience with others from all around the world.
|Our little internationl family|
Even though I spend a lot of time writing on this blog, I want to dedicate the rest of this post to pictures, because I feel like they can encompass my momentary experiences a little better than my words can.
|Cleaning up the communal grounds in our apartments|
|The misty ruins of a hut on the way to Axum and Mekele in the far north|
|A lonely cow herder in Axum|
|Intense car door interiors|
|The most beautiful eyes - baby Bayan (above) and local girl (below)|
|Incredible tea ('chai') and coffee ('buna'), coupled with amazing coffee ceremonies|