By Gabrielle.

Yesterday blew me away. We had a crash course in the rural medical system here in Ethiopia. And I’m writing up a post about it. But oh my. I have got to get some sleep! So instead of a report today, I thought you might like to see what Ethiopia looks like, through the viewfinder of Karen Walrond.

Friends. It is gorgeous. Gorgeous! We’ve been told this is the prettiest time of the year (sort of like the leaf-changing season is the prettiest time in New England), but it’s hard to imagine landscapes like this not looking beautiful.

I don’t know exactly what I was imagining. But it wasn’t this. And it’s been such a treat to be surrounded by this landscape. What about you? Do you picture any thing close to these images when you imagine Ethiopia? Have you ever been completely surprised by a place you’ve visited?

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P.S. Today, we are still in Bahir Dar, where we’ve learned about the ENGINE Program that focuses on the nutrition of women and children, including the production and consumption of diverse foods. We also took a boat ride on Lake Tana, with a tour of a Monastery. (It was amazing!)

This week, I’m in Ethiopia at the kind invitation and expense of The ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan, advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and malnutrition, particularly in Africa. ONE works to convince governments to invest in smart programs that save lives. While here, I’m with a group of parenting bloggers to observe how the organizations for which ONE advocates are effecting real change in Ethiopia.

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