Ethiopia

Here I am.
Breathing this dry and dusty air of Addis Ababa.

It's been a week since I left Japan. It's hard to explain what it is like to live in a place that's 10000 km away from home. But it doesn't feel like I've been here only for one week. It feels longer than that.

I came here with 5 other members or volunteers whom I've known since NTC training days.
We will spend our first 6 wks together to learn Amharic language which is the official business language in Ethiopia. I did not get to learn Amharic at NTC so it's totally new language for me.

Ethiopian food is not widely known. In fact, as far as I know, the only Ethiopian traditional food is what they call "injela" (spell?) which is like crape but it's sour. People who try this food for the first time can't normally take the sourness of it. But it is said that the more you have it, the more you love it. I've already tried it twice. It was OK.

I haven't taken much photos. I will put them up soon.

So far, I've never had problem walking on the street in Addis Ababa. There are restaurants, cafe and grocery stores everywhere.
The people here are friendly. I can't wait to learn more Amharic language to talk to them.
I am currently staying at a dormitory with other volunteers that I came here with. We all will have to move out of here in November and we must find own place individually.

There are about 40 volunteers who'd been working in all over Ethiopia and they are helping us out to settle down.

well, that's all for now.
Hopefully I will be able to show and tell more stuff.

chao

kenji
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by hoop29 | 2009-10-05 19:34 | ETHIOPIA