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My first week in Ethiopia an the first few days in the Orphanage are already over and everything is just so different to everything I know and I just have to get used to everything.
For me it is a great experience to live with a host family, because I am able to get to know the culture and to learn a bit of the language. The strangest thing for me is, that I always have to have my own toilet paper with me. It is a great work at the Orphanage, but it is also very sad to see the little children and Babies wanting the love and attention they need and it is just not possible to give it to everyone. It is also sad, that the children with special needs are kinda left behind. But on the other hand it is good to know, that most of them are getting adopted and it is also great to see how the older ones are taking care of the younger ones. I think Addis Ababa is a great and busy city and there is a lot to see and learn. I have already had my first Injera and a Coffe Ceremony and my first Papaya, which tastes very good.
I have never felt so white before in my live. Most children are starring and laughing at me and a lot of people just want to shake my hands and try to talk to me.
I really like it here and I look forward to my left time here in Ethiopia.
Dan is het opeens al heel snel dinsdag. Een dag waar ik tegenop heb gekeken en naar uit heb gekeken. Het is een heel dubbel gevoel, want eigenlijk wil ik hier niet weg omdat ik het goed naar mijn zin heb en aan de andere kant wil ik ook terug naar Nederland om mijn vriendje, familie en vriendinnen weer te zien. Ik heb er naar uit gekeken om de mensen in Nederland weer te zien en die dag is nu nog maar 24 uur van mij verwijderd. Ook betekent dit dat mijn avontuur ten einde is gekomen en ik afscheid moet nemen van de kinderen, mensen die ik ontmoet heb en het land en de cultuur waar ik toch wel aan gehecht ben geraakt. En het feit dat ik weet dat ik hier niet snel terug zal komen (dit zal misschien een aantal jaren duren) maakt het afscheid nog moeilijker. Ik weet dat ik alles hier heel lang zal moeten missen. Drie maanden zijn toch wel erg snel gegaan…
Deze dag begon ook met regen, wat de dag natuurlijk niet leuker maakt. Het is voor mij zo vreemd om wakker te worden en te weten dat dit mijn laatste dag hier is. Ik ben heel benieuwd hoe het leven in Nederland me weer gaat bevallen en hoe deze ervaring ook invloed heeft op mijn leven daar. Ik merkte dat ik de hele dag nerveus was over het terug gaan naar Nederland. Hoe zou het zijn om terug te komen en de mensen die ik gemist heb weer te zien? Hoe zou het zijn om weer terug aan te passen in de routine van Nederland, die ik niet gehad heb maar de mensen om mij heen wel mee door gegaan zijn? Hoe zou het zijn om niet meer elke dag naar het weeshuis te gaan? Hoe zou het zijn om de kinderen en mijn nieuwe vrienden in Ethiopië niet meer te zien? Ga ik snel terug willen? Kan ik acclimatiseren in Nederland? Kunnen mensen in Nederland begrijpen wat ik heb meegemaakt en hoe ik deze ervaring nu met me mee draag? Hoe ...
This is my last week in Addis. Things have grown comfortable and I am sad to be leaving so soon. I have done many wonderful things here such as visiting a cultural restaurant, the market Meccato, mount toto, and a church. I have made many new friends from Ethiopia, but also from all over the world. I have met 3 of the families that are adopting children from the orphanage and have made many great memories to keep with me for the rest of my life.
I have now been in Addis for a whole week and survived! I am not going to lie.. Travelling across the world, leaving my family and friends, coming to a strange place with different people, places, foods, and language is the hardest thing I have ever done BUT that being said it is also the most rewarding. My host family is incredibly nice and very hospitable; I also have a wonderful roommate and we have found comfort through leaning on each other. The city is very interesting and everything I thought it would be, yet not at all what I expected all at the same time. It's an interesting mixture between houses made out of tin painted beautiful and bright, rubble, dirt, and construction with beautiful hotels, gorgeous plant life and familiar sites. It is sad to see beggars and children on the streets and how normal it is for the people who live here to walk fast without a second glance, not out of disrespect but more out of acceptance.. The traffic is unbelievable and surprises me every day! I can only describe it as playing chicken, bumper cars, and a game where you make your own rules all throughout haha! There is a lot of traffic and many pedestrians but nobody stops for each other and everyone is in a rush to get to where they're going. To cross the street you have to walk and stop in between each lane to avoid getting hit, but nobody stays in the lanes!! It's scary and exciting all at the same time. The orphanage is not what I pictured at all, it's much better which is good! The compound is very big with multiple areas for each different thing. The children are absolutely adorable and have reminded me each day of the reason for my visit. The first few days were difficult to adjust because I feel as though I'm in the way of the nannies and I cannot understand Amharic, ...
well it is officially, I am in Ethiopia. I think I might be in shock or too tired to react to whats happening right now. First of all, just before we landed in Addis Ababa I saw the most glorious sunrise from above the clouds. I don't think I have seen anything so breathtaking! It looked like the ocean, but there was no end and it was a glorious orange. Apparently I can confuse myself at any airport, but once I found my driver things felt much more comfortable. He brought me to my host family and I met them, they all seem like really nice people. I had my first mango and it tasted soooo good!! I spent most of my time talking to the families youngest member and we realized that we have a lot in common. It's nice to have someone close to my age that I can talk to during this transition. She's super helpful with all my questions, and very interested in my life. Thanks to her I feel comfortable and I'm excited to have made my first friend. Tomorrow I will go through my orientation and see the orphanage where I will be working. I'm nervous because I will have to get myself to and from... By myself. I know that I'll be fine, but I can count the number of times I've been scared to walk alone and it looks like that numbers gonna go up. I am super excited and proud of myself. I feel thankful, blessed, happy, nervous... Pretty much every feeling imaginable. It doesn't matter what happens I am going to stay positive and appreciative because these 4 weeks are going to go by fast. I don't want to regret anything and I want to enjoy myself. Don't worry about me, I've got a stamp in my passport ;) all is gooood!! Talk soon.