24 May The Importance of an Open Mind
Our second week in Addis is already in full swing. We have been so busy working at the schools and daycare, learning other local businesses, and experiencing some Ethiopian culture. As a quick recap, we had a sports day on Sunday with the students at Hiber. We played lots of fun games, picked up trash around the school ground, and fed them lunch. That night we went to an authentic Ethiopian-style restaurant where we tasted traditional foods and watched cultural songs and dances. Monday morning, we did our last rotation of schools; my group went to the daycare, and, wow, did those little ones tire us out fast! After lunch on Monday, we went to a local textile business that was started by a Canadian woman who moved here 23 years ago. They raise silkworms here in Addis and turn the silk into beautiful scarves, blankets, and other fabric goods. Today, we went to the schools again in the morning and then ventured into the “Times Square” of Addis Ababa for lunch. After lunch, we visited another small textile, basket, and jewelry business run by a husband and wife who grew up here in Addis but attended college at Kansas University in the United States. The husband also started YoungLife here in Ethiopia. Needless to say, we are all exhausted, but we have experienced so much. It’s hard to process everything that we have done, but I think one of the biggest lessons for me has been keeping an open mind. I think I’m definitely one to make a plan and want to stick to it no matter what, but in so many situations in life, we must learn to be flexible and to be ok with trying something new. From experiencing a new culture to figuring out what I want to do for my Adera internship project, this trip has caused me to think about things in different ways. Ethiopia has opened my mind to new problems across the world and has me thinking about different ways to address them. Right now, my head is a mess of ideas and possibilities, but I’m very excited to see how it’ll all work out! A few days left here in Addis! Hope we can make the most of it!
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