Comments on: Happy Ethiopian New Year! http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:10:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Julie http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-394216 Julie Thu, 04 Oct 2012 19:35:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-394216 Hi there
Thought I would comment as I am currently on vacation in Tanzania and flew through the addis airport on the way here. I learned from my seat mate on the plane that the coffee is delicious but I didn’t have a chance to try it. Enjoy your trip!

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By: Megan Howell http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-393999 Megan Howell Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:38:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-393999 I hope I can travel to Ethiopia one day! I volunteer with a non-profit organization that works out of Dera, Ethiopia! It is called Hope Arising. (hopearising.org) We all live in Gilbert, Arizona though, but they make trips to Dera at least twice a year, so I might be able to go in the spring! Hope Arising just completed a water project where there was 26 miles of pipeline built to bring water from the mountain springs to the village of Dera in the low drylands. Before the pipeline, families had to waits days, even weeks for one jerry can of water. No one was working, no one was in school, life was nearly impossible without water in their village. But since October of last year, they have it! And now they have planted flourishing gardens. What a huge difference! Now that the water project is completed, Hope Arising will be able to focus on our motto: “As a sustainable organization, Hope Arising strengthens families to support and care for children orphaned or made vulnerable by disease, war, natural disaster and extreme poverty. Success will include excellent service delivery, capacity-building for grass-root partners and advocacy for children today and in the future.”
Ok sorry for the novel, I just got a little excited. I am basically SO SO THRILLED and excited to read your stories and see your pictures of Ethiopia, even though I have never been (yet??) I hold it dear to my heart! I think it is so cool that you are able to have this experience! I am glad I read this comment thread too, it gave me a lot of great information and some new books to read:) Good luck!

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By: Maggie Stewart Best. http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-384250 Maggie Stewart Best. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:40:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-384250 One of my closest friends is from Addis… I got to visit her family with her a few years ago and it was so wonderful. Read “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Varghese as another commentor said! And don’t eat any raw meat when you’re there (it can have parasites), but otherwise EAT EVERYTHING. Ethiopians eat from a common plate with their hands and it is the best food in the world! But don’t lick your fingers– it’s rude. When you eat, drink a soda because the carbon dioxide will help you burp and keep your tummy from hurting. And go to the big cathedral in Addis Ababa, if you can– the mosaics and paintings covering the building are just awe-inspiring. And buy incense. Try to attend a coffee ceremony– it is elegant and smoky and deep. And drink tons of coffee. Ethiopia is one of the only non-colonized countries in Africa (the only one, I think? Not sure…) and it is a strong and proud country with strong, proud, beautiful people. It is sacred. Oh, and buy scarves! Enjoy!!

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By: Lilly http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-382469 Lilly Sun, 16 Sep 2012 04:52:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-382469 Hi Gabby, I’m an Ethiopian-American and just spent 4 years living in Ethiopia and now my family has moved to Kenya. Ethiopia is stunning and rich country. Full of surprises and wonder. It is exquisite. Do take precautions to bring along necessary travel meds (for potential stomach trouble, especially) and Cipro. Do as when you want to take pictures in some places – I always felt strongly protective of my people and some visitors where mindful of the potential for exploitation while others were not. While I have read most of the books mentioned above, I think your idea of being
“a student” is really spot on. I am a student of my own country even now. Soak it in, watch and be still. Go to a church, go to a mosque. Breathe in the incense. Enjoy the doro wot. Dance to the kirar. Listen. Feel. I remember my first trip back to Addis (we left in 1977 due to the political climate and couldn’t return for many years) and I was surprisingly unemotional (just general happiness to return) until I went to the norther region and took in all the beauty of the country. It was the mountains that broke me. Seeing the protective wall around our country that kept out intruders, kept us un-colonized but also kept out progress for some of our communities. There is really just no place in Africa like Ethiopia and it is one of the few countries in the world with such a vast, delicate and recorded history. I have some strong connections there and if I can be of service, do let me know. Melkam Menged. Tebariki.

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By: Pamela Balabuszko-Reay http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379625 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay Thu, 13 Sep 2012 01:07:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379625 You will be a blessing and you will be blessed!

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By: Jessie http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379598 Jessie Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:13:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379598 Sure, anytime. I would love to share. Send me an email and I would love to answer any questions you might have.

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By: Kristin W http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379401 Kristin W Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:44:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379401 I ditto what others have already said: the food is fabulous, the people are some of the most generous you’ll ever meet, and the scenery (outside the city) is beautiful. As a practical matter, make sure to get all of your birr changed back into US dollars before you leave the country…there is no where in the US that you can exchange it. And take some earplugs for your time in Addis. The city is loud all night with barking dogs and the call to prayer at 4:30 or 5:00 over loudspeakers can be disturbing. We adopted two kids in March, so I am grateful any time I hear of others wanting to help. There is great need.

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By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379395 Jenny Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:34:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379395 Enjoy your trip. Others have mentioned the sights but I’ll always remember the sounds– especially around all the Orthodox churches with the women’s ululations. Both enchanting and other-worldly.

Those folks at ONE do a great job. And don’t forget the country’s on a completely different calendar/time system. If I calculate correctly, it’s not only New Year’s Day, it’s New Year’s day 2005! And the day rolls over at 6am not midnight… A little confusing but makes sense once you get there.

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By: Tala http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379313 Tala Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:00:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379313 OMG ethiopian food is so tasty. Come visit Palestine, where I currently am :)

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By: Di http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379236 Di Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379236 And also ‘Hospital By the River’, this time by an Australian doctor, Catherine Hamlin, who with her husband Reg founded the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, and at 88 years old still lives in the hospital grounds and operates in the hospital.

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By: Di http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379222 Di Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:23:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379222 If you have time, read ‘Gogo Mama’, by Sally Sara, and Australian journalist who travelled and wrote the stories of 12 African women. I have two copies, both loaned to friends (I think one copy is not coming back…), it’s on Kindle too. You have to read it to know, but then you will remember the stories of your sisters forever.

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By: Denise http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379207 Denise Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:53:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379207 You will LOVE it. Lived there for two years. The people are absolutely incredible, I still miss the food, and the coffee, and the kids, and the mangoes, and the blue buses, and the traditional dances. You will love it.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379201 Design Mom Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:43:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379201 You’re right. It is odd. Sept 11th was also my Father’s birthday. I was thinking about him, and about the 9/11 attacks and feeling pretty emotional, so I chose not to write about either and just kind of sat with my feelings.

I’m sorry if you came to Design Mom looking for some 9/11 thoughts and I didn’t provide them. Thanks for understanding.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379200 Design Mom Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:41:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379200 So much information packed into this comment, Danielle. Thank you!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379199 Design Mom Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:39:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379199 Your descriptions of the color sound so appealing. And checking out some children’s books is such a good idea.

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By: Jess (Where My Heart Is) http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379193 Jess (Where My Heart Is) Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:18:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379193 You will absolutely LOVE Ethiopia. I was fortunate to live there for a year when I was 10. I went back when I was 18. I’m longing to return and am planning a trip to share this wonderful country and people with my family.

I look forward to having you share your experiences.

Jess

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By: Becca http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-379079 Becca Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:37:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-379079 I’m so envious! I just made the comment to my husband a few hours ago that I’d love to visit Ethiopia someday. It’s been on my mind, since I just finished reading Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson. I also read Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese last year. The first half of the book is set at a charity hospital in Addis. Have an amazing time, and please eat plenty of injera for me!

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By: Jane B http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-378980 Jane B Wed, 12 Sep 2012 02:49:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-378980 Happy Ehiopian New Year… but no mention of Sept 11 today? Just struck me as odd. Oh well!

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By: Sarah http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-378956 Sarah Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:50:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-378956 Ethipoian food is delicious. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences. What a wonderful opportunity.

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By: Danielle http://www.designmom.com/2012/09/happy-ethiopian-new-year/comment-page-1/#comment-378938 Danielle Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:20:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=22630#comment-378938 How exciting! Ethiopia is amazing. I’ve travelled quite a bit and Ethiopia is my favorite by far. My daughter was born in Harar and I founded and was the volunteer Executive Director of non-profit Ethiopian Orphan Relief for its first two years–we built several playgrounds at orphanages, a HIV clinic at an orphanage and a community center for orphaned teenaged girls. The non-profit continues to do all sorts of good stuff for orphaned kiddos today. The country is spectacularly beautiful, so much of it resembles Colorado or California. It’s not the dust bowl we all saw on the news in the 80s. The people are fabulous and helpful and lovely and gorgeous. GORGEOUS. The food is unbelievably good–my kids beg me to make it on a regular basis. I second the “There’s No Me Without You” recommendation from Melissa Faye Green. You’ll cry, a lot. You’ve been warned. Chameleon Days is also great. Try to get out of Addis and see the amazing countryside–in country flights are easy and road trips are…adventurous! Enjoy.

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