Monday, December 30, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
|In the bedroom. Not much.|
So my living condition...
I share a compound with Gavin. He has the actual "dwelling" end of the compound, of course, as he is/was the compound's main dweller. Other volunteers were either short-termers or left (way) earlier.
I have the "outer" dwelling. (Or what I jokingly tell the other Filipino friends here, the "servant's quarter"). Two rooms. One for my bedroom, with a chandelier lighting, the room probably was the "dining room", as the kitchen (outhouse) is also outside of the actual house. The other room, which was to be my "living room" (now my office/living room/ dining room), has a door (locked tightly) that opens to the street, as well a windows (locked and sealed). This room might have been a little shop (called souq here, though that's market in Arabic) of sorts. And I have my own toilet and bath.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
|Harar Jugol's iconic (main) gateway. The portrait in the middle is that of the city's last emir.|
I was lucky, because Gavin was showing them around, as it's there first time hereabouts. Also, it's good for Idu, as he does some tour guiding on the side and Harar, perhaps the only tourist destination in East Ethiopia (Danakil is a bit northern, and better accessed via the northern Ethiopian city of Mekelle), should be on his have-been-to list.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
|First look. Houses on the road from the airport to our house in Dire Dawa.|
|Uh-oh, flyin' via a propeller plane.|
I arrived early afternoon, an hour (definitely more) delayed, with Gavin patiently waiting outside the terminal. (Gavin is the other VSO volunteer in Dire Dawa, also works with the Dire Dawa University, but at the ICT department. He's been here 2++ years. Which is great, I'd have a guide of sorts.)
The flight was rather smooth (only had a bit of difficulty checking into the my flight, lugging the big-ass VSO box on top of my already cloggy luggage, hence the excess baggage fee of ETB800++), and had quite an assortment of passengers, businessmen-types in suit and ties, elegant Muslim women, and what looked like a full team of hot to hot-ish Adidas-clad (jerseys, shorts, bags, flipflops and all) dudes.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
|We are Ethiopians! Trish and Consolata show off their new EthioTelecom sim card and WiFi dongle.|
Today, was the joint orientation with the partners as with our programme managers from VSO-E. Most of them (called line managers, or our superiors at the placement) came. Both my programme manager and line manager didn't come. Bizuneh, my programme manager, was travelling in Dire Dawa to meet with his ward there, a volunteer at the same university. I am to interface with him and my line manager in Dire Dawa when I get there tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
|Scrumptious ferenji (Amharic, for foreigner) lunch with the newbies and the oldies.|
It was shopping day for us as well. Judy and Francis (IT Advisor, Canada) took us shopping for supplies at the Shola (?) market, a good walk from the VSO-E country office. Shola (?) Market is not unlike some of our town markets back in the Philippines, with separate sections for the goods (this row for cutlery, that for textile, etc.), only way bigger.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Hello Ethiopia. So this is how a balcony photo call feels like!|
Monday, December 2, 2013
|Touchdown, Addis Ababa.|
There's cheering and applause and "thanks be to Allah" all around. Just like our own OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and balikbayans (returning/ visiting Filipino expatriates) -- funny, I always thought that this cheering on touchdown on the mother soil was uniquely Filipino, or at least that's how it's projected by the media, by everbody back home (stupid ignoramus, and I mean me!). But really, the relief and happiness of the lady in black hijab (a worker from the Middle East, I surmised, kind young lady, a girl, really, who offered me biscuits the moment we took off from Dubai) seated beside me was electric.