We got on the road to Project Mercy in Yetabon early this morning. You can only imagine how excited we were to get here and to unload our luggage for the last time! We stopped at one of many UNESCO sites in Ethiopia, Stelae of Tiya, on the way. It was very interesting seeing these beautiful rock craved head stones from the 12th Century AD. In addition, we saw a farmer and his family drive cattle around and around to pound the teff grain off the stalk. It’s a fascinating process to watch. Our driver Soloma
n, stopped both of our vans and asked the farmer if we could all get out and see the process up close. The farmer was more than happy to let us get right into the grain circle. It’s impressive the see just how small the grain is. Teff is used to make injera. We had two meals so far with injera and everyone on the team really loves it. I included a couple of pictures. That really made our day!
After arriving at Project Mercy we had room assigned and separated our medical equipment from our personal items. We formed an orderly assembly line to repack suitcases with the medical supplies. Project Mercy’s van is in the shop being repaired so we don’t have any transportation to and from the hospital for a few days. So, plan B is for the Project Mercy’s donkey and a cart to be loaded with our medical supplies; we will leave for the hospital at 7:00 am tomorrow morning and will be walking behind the donkey. We are all smiling just with the thought of this!
We learned something sad today–this donkey does not have a name. SO, we are having a donkey naming contest starting tomorrow evening after all get a chance to see the donkey before we throw names into the hat. The final name will be selected based on ballet votes. We’ll keep you posted!
It’s so fun to be back here. The food today was as wonderful as usual. The climate and temperature is perfect. Sorry everyone back in the midwest!
After realizing we will not be able to see or even keep up with the Super Bowl due to the 9 hour time change (we’re ahead here). Just to follow tradition we are having a Super Bowl party right now 8:30 pm our time. We bought chips and flavored peanuts from the local grocery store by our hotel in Addis Ababa. As I write we have two euchre tables going and we’re plowing through our snacks. Wanda will post the final score of the game for us at breakfast.
We have all commented multiple times on how fortunate we were getting from Minneapolis to Project Mercy with no glitches. Knock on wood for the rest of the trip.
We are thinking of you all!