This is my 5th day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where I am working on my final research paper to complete my Masters in Global Sustainability. I can tell you as a Pisces I have experienced every single emotion possible within these 5 days. However I am pleased to report that I am back to my happy. :-)
Addis is the capital of Ethiopia, and it is indeed a developing city. There’s construction everywhere!! What I found most refreshing about the development is that most of the businesses are Ethiopian owned and operated. Which allows for great economic opportunities for Ethiopians. Although they are making much progress, the poverty is clearly noticed. But you would never know that they were living in poverty due to the pride they have for their nation. It is inspirational to see the hope, strength and the endless possibilities for this country.
While I am here I will be researching the benefits of integrating Sanitation and Hygiene Services with Improved Water Services for schools and communities in urban and rural areas. I will be able to witness the progress WaterAid Ethiopia has contributed to Ethiopia achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
Now for the real tea, a glimpse into my first emotional week in Ethiopia:
First of all, I miss my daughters. Yes, I admit it. I miss them. I also miss my family; yes it has only been 5 days. But if you know us, you know we are pretty inseparable. Even when we aren’t physically together we are texting, FaceTiming, emailing, sending telepathy signals and/or chatting on the phone. So not being able to reach out and communicate IS very challenging for me however I am adjusting.
Reason two, there is no way to watch Frasier or Scandal. Yep, that is something major for me, like really major. Until I am able to figure out how to watch my shows, I am reading this book “The Dinner” by Herman Koch. FYI, the book is not that great so do not purchase. However, there is good news. I found a Yoga class, taught by an ex-pat so I am super excited to be able to deepen my practice while I am here.
Lastly, in 5 days I have learned that I am not in control here. Like, not at all. And I have to depend…well let me be honest here…. I have to TRUST complete strangers to be able to maneuver through this city. Also, I have to learn to TRUST myself and TRUST that God is the one in control. Like He is REALLY in control. So I am learning to let go and really TRUST my intuition because that voice is Him speaking thru me.
I am grow – ing.
Tomorrow I will embark on my first Ethiopian tour to Lake Awassa in Awassa, Ethiopia with Ethio Tours and Travels. I heard that Lake Awassa is a MUST see while in Motherland so I will make sure to keep y’all posted with plenty of photos.