New Year at the Sheraton, Addis.

The first thing you’ll probably notice when you walk into the Sheraton in Addis is that the air feels different. By which I mean, it’s perfect, in contrast to the hot/cold fluctuations outside. But you might be distracted by the ostentatious nature of the entire place; the grand entry, the secludedness, the way you instantly forget you’re in the developing world. Which, I believe, is the central aim of most of the patrons here.

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A Year in Review: 2011 in Photos

Happy New Year!

Perhaps it’s too obvious to say, but, well it’s true: this year has gone by far too fast. It feels like it’s only been a few months since bringing in the new year in Peru. And while this year, I’ll be spending New Years Eve in the slightly less exotic Washington State, I’m glad I get to spend it with family and old friends.

It’s been a wonderful, if not slightly strange year. It was the first year I didn’t know exactly what I would be doing any given day, week, or month. And not too surprisingly, everything worked out, despite some personal concerns regarding the sort of fly by the seat of my pants situation. And in fact, this sort of willingness to change directions at any moment has provided a multitude of opportunities I may not have been able to have, had I dug in roots and made definite plans. It may seem trivial, but for a slightly-compulsive-overplanner such as myself, it was a much needed lesson in just chilling the heck out.  Continue reading

!Feliz Año Nuevo!

Happy New Year from Lima!!

We decided spend the holiday relaxing in Miraflores and bringing in the new year at a local restaurant overlooking the Huaca Pucllana ruins. While Lima doesn’t have a formal city wide firework show nearly everyone was on the streets setting off their own, with some serious (and slightly frightening) ones down on the beach.
We only have one week left here, it’s gone incredibly fast and has been, thus far an incredible experience. For me, it couldn’t be more different than CCS-Tanzania. And I’m grateful for a new experience. There’s only two of us at placement next week (down from four), so we may get a little bit more “hands on” or interactive tasks with the abuelos.
Last, here’s a few extra photos in no particular order.