Brief life update: I have food poisoning. Or traveler’s diarrhea. Whatever you want to call it, it’s not pleasant. My only solace is that it gives me good reason to sleep for 14 hours a day and vegetate on the sofa to MTV/Fox Movies/BBC for the remaining 10 hours. (So yes, things could be much worse.)
In any case, instead of a proper update, I’m sharing a set of older photos from my first month in Ethiopia. Almost all of these were taken during an 8-day work trip to the Southern region of Ethiopia.
Pink lake! The color comes from the mud washed into the waters during rainy season.
Bringing back classroom memories on water and sanitation…
Many of these women have to walk up to two hours to get clean water each day. Can you imagine?
Delicious fresh fish goulash from the lake! With habanero salsa on the right.
Getnet, our driver for an 8-day field visit through the Southern region. Getu spents approximately 20-25 days each month on the road driving. — in Ethiopia.
Over the course of the week, I grew to really admire his ability to maneuver the 4×4 around pretty much anything: livestock, downed wires, flooded roads, etc.
Coffee — the pride of Ethiopia.
Raw meat! Don’t worry, I didn’t have any. There’s a fairy high risk of getting tapeworms here, apparently.
My awesome coworkers. So much knowledge and expertise in one photo. A Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Associate, a Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, and a Training and Education Specialist.
My two coworkers pack in their goods from impromptu shopping on the road. The boys’ haul included: a dozen pineapples, two dozen mangos, 10 kilos of coffee beans, two sacks of potatoes, one massive bundle of false banana root, and another two big bags of red onions. Everything was incredibly cheap because we were driving through all these agricultural zones.