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Downtime in the village (Jan 2014)

The festive season is over – the meat has been eaten, the tella has been drunk….there’s not a whole lot going on around here. At the college, end of semester exams are coming up, and while there are a few … Continue reading

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Two Christmases

One of the good things about being an English girl in an Orthodox country is that you have the chance to celebrate Christmas (and therefore to eat and loll around all day) twice. And so I did… Christmas No 1 … Continue reading

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Doing stuff (Dec 18, 2013)

I’m exhausted… but I feel good. Tomorrow I’m flying to Kenya (well actually, I’m getting the bus at the crack of dawn to Bahir Dar, to get the evening flight to Addis, then the next day I’m flying to Kenya) … Continue reading

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Weird November

‘Hidar’ (or November as we know it) has been a strange month in Gilgel Beles. It seems like something bizarre happens on an almost daily basis. (Don’t get me wrong – it’s been a good month for me, ┬ájust weird.) … Continue reading

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Coffee for boys (21 November, 2013)

I think I may have made the odd (shrieking) reference to organising coffee ceremony events at the college before. Well, it was time for another one, but this time, and (drumroll) for the first time ever at Gilgel Beles College … Continue reading

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Back to Gilgel

Well, I made it back, finally. The journey didn’t exactly go without a hitch, We set off two hours late, then a quick detour to pick up somebody’s wife’s sister’s cousin’s entire house contents, turned into 45 minutes of random … Continue reading

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Angst, a visitor and culinary delights.

So, I’m back in Addis again. On the plus side, I’m staying with the lovely Cat and Marlies, they have a hot shower, and the gin and tonics are flowing. On the downside, I’ve got the whole purchasing / pro … Continue reading

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