Friday, March 9, 2007

Activities from the Second Day in Ethiopia

Unpacking the Trip -- Part 3

This series of posts is all about our trip to Ethiopia, delivered in small bits over time. Here is what we did on the second full day in Ethiopia (the first full day with our new kids!).

We all went shopping in the morning. One of the places we went was to a coffee shop to purchase some Ethiopian coffee. It is said that coffee originated in the land of Ethiopia. When we were walking out of the store, a gentleman talked to me for a little while. When he heard that we were adopting the kids that were with us, he wanted to make sure he understood correctly that they would be going to live with us in America. He seemed very pleased to find out that they were. As I was talking to him, K.D. was playing with the camera on my shoulder. What a great surprise it was when I got home to find that he took a picture of the man. As we parted, the man said to me, "God bless you for what you are doing."


After a little more shopping we had lunch at a pizza place close to the guest house. Here is a shot of us eating outside.


After lunch we got all dressed up to go to the U.S. embassy in order to get immigrant visas for the kids to enter the U.S. We had a few minutes to hang out outside at the guest house while we waited for our ride to show up. Here is one of my favorite shots from the whole trip - the three kids on the steps of the guest house.


Here is a great video of the kids doing some singing while we waited. The woman's voice you hear in the background is the missionary who started the guest house.



In the evening, our adoption agency hosted us at a very nice traditional Ethiopian restaurant. It was so nice that they had guards with metal detectors at the doors to enforce their strict "no gun" policy. The next two video clips are 30 second clips of the band and a singer. There is a fair amount of background noise, but I think you can still get a flavor of the music.




Many of the art in Ethiopia has to do with the Queen of Sheba and her visit to King Solomon. Even the lamp shade next to us depicted this scene.


Finally, here is a shot of our communal "plate" of food as well as part of our dinner party enjoying their meal.



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