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A bit of Ethiopian fusion
August 6, 2010, 10:15 am
Filed under: Ethiopia, Pictures Post

Dear friends,

My time in Ethiopia draws to a close, but I have other pictures to share with you- pictures that cropped up from random moments in Addis Ababa, or in Awassa, or on our journey back to Addis Ababa (in which we visited the village Shashamene). I wanted to share these with you as well, which you can find in the pictures below.

Ethiopia was a very interesting experience and quite an introduction to Africa, but I find myself extremely excited to move on to the next step- Kenya! I leave for Kenya today, where I’ll be stationed for three months, working as a Kiva Fellow at Faulu Kenya. Work starts on Monday and I can’t wait.

In the meantime, here are the rest of the pictures of Ethiopia.

Much love and see you in Kenya!


Pictures here:

The Merkato, Addis Ababa- the largest open-air market in Africa.

I had to take shots in this area from the backseat of the car- Yoseph adamantly refused to let me walk around outside because he was convinced my camera would be stolen.

Lots of donkeys in Ethiopia

Jewelry in the Merkato

Visiting one of the slums in Addis

This is the end of Addis Ababa. On to Awassa!

A traditional Ethiopian village house. These are all over the place in the country. Love it.

Some village children

More ‘modern’ houses. Actually, they’re constructed this way because villagers ran out of the straw that they use on their roofs, so they had to use tin instead!

The lake in Awassa

Yoseph and I stop for a meal

Absolutely delicious.

On the lake in Awassa


I dedicate this picture to my little sister Kate, who was terrified of me going to Africa because she thought I would be eaten by hippos.

The sun set in Awassa.

Ahhh Ethiopia…

Looks like smoke, right? No. THOSE ARE THOUSANDS OF MOSQUITOS.

At dusk they come out to play. I have never seen so many mosquitos in my life. I bee-lined to the car like it was my job.

On to Shashamene!

‘Avocado Juice.’ More like straight-up guacamole!

Global College?! What are you doing in Ethiopia?

Global College in Shashamene, Ethiopia.

I love Shashamene

Visiting the Rastafarian village in Shashamene. Rastafarians (ethnically from Jamaica) believed that previous Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie (or ‘Ras Tafari’) was the spiritual figurehead of the Rastafarian movement. In 1948, Ras Tafari donated 500 acres of land for Jamacain Rastafarians to emigrate and be repatriated. Many Rastafarians come to Shashamene, Ethiopia for retirement, to live in ‘the promised land.’

This guy was seriously cool.

Yoseph showing off his reggaeton side

A tour of a Rastafarian temple

Bob Marley! Here we go

Haile Selassie, or ‘Ras Tafari,’ previous emperor of Ethiopia

Our lecture inside the temple: ‘If you smoke a little bit of ganja, then it’s good for your health. If you smoke a lot, it’s bad for your health.’

This is a Rastafarian woman

The end to Shashamene

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