(8 posts in October, 2007)Back

Temporarily moved!!!

31 October, 2007 | 0 COMMENTS

Hey all! Ok so I'm sure you've all noticed this website has been experiencing some problems of late. Basically, these problems still haven't been sorted out yet; thats the problem with free stuff, you get what you pay for. Anyway, I've posted some stuff here temporarily. Hopefully all gets sorted soon! Now I've gotta remember what has happened since the last post! First and foremost, I've started teaching classes for the first time in my life. So far, I've survived it. I'm taking grade 7, ...

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Beyonce the goat

21 October, 2007 | 0 COMMENTS

The rest of the week after coming back to Bingham from Negash has been fairly relaxed. I've tried to figure out something about what I'm going to teach, as well as taking a shopping trip or two, and generally taking it easy before the hard work starts! I've moved apartments, to a much smaller one, as a new family moved into the bigger one I was occupying. Yesterday, I wanted to go back to the first supermarket I visited here, Bambis, as it has generally got a better selection of things, as w...

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Negash Lodge

17 October, 2007 | 0 COMMENTS

On Sunday I left Addis Ababa for the first time since arriving, to head about 2 hours drive outside the city with 5 of the other single teachers, we were off to a small resort called Negash, in a town called Wellisso. Driving out of the city, the number of cars and taxis diminished quickly, replaced by more animals, and small 3 wheeled motorbikes with a box for carrying passengers, we drove past endless flat plains, and through numerous small villages all with their small shops selling all the u...

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First taste of Injera

12 October, 2007 | 0 COMMENTS

This week's main activity has again been settling in, and I am beginning to feel at home here. Deciding to stay on compound does seem to be the right decision, as there is so much going on here, and its a great opportunity to get to know all the other staff, on wed night, one of the other IT teachers, Phil Griffin, had his 50th birthday so we all had a surprise birthday party for him. Whether he knew or not is hard to say, but it was good fun. Yesterday I had my first sample of teaching, as ...

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Never a boring journey

8 October, 2007 | 0 COMMENTS

Addis Ababa would be a great place to play I spy while driving. The sites and sounds are endless. Some are pleasant, or amusing, some not so. Some of the more amusing ones I've seen over the last two days include: -a steam roller driving along the main road, holdinq up all the traffic behind it, -a guy carrying a stack of foam mattresses on his head about 10 feet tall, -a Volkswagen van loaded so full of bananas there was only space for the driver, with its left rear wheel about 30 degre...

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Continuing to settle

6 October, 2007 | 0 COMMENTS

Continuing to settle in here in Addis Ababa. At the moment I'm still getting used to the higher altitude, and am really noticing it when I get up from a chair or do any sort of exercise at all. I've finally managed to get some photos up, they're small quality so as they have more change of getting online. Picture of The sports hall, which is huge. Apparently its one of the biggest in Ethiopia. Anyway, enough about the compound. Saturday, and Phil Griffin, one of the other teachers, wondered ...

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Day 3

4 October, 2007 | 0 COMMENTS

I'm continuing to settle in, there is still so much and I think its gonna take a while before I feel really at home here. Today was my first day off the Bingham compound and into the bustling city of Addis Ababa. I was driven to SIM headquarters, which was an experience. Rush hour traffic here is somewhat different to in Ireland. Donkeys loaded with grain and the like are everywhere, people run across the road when you are inches away from them, and all roads are 4-lanes whether there is room or...

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Wetter than Ireland

2 October, 2007 | 0 COMMENTS

T'ayna-yist'illin! That's "Hello" for those not fluent in Amharic. OK so I've arrived! Much praying was done and thankfully all went smoothly. Aer Lingus didn't even charge extra for the second bag I had checked in not to mention the 2kg over limit other bag! All baggage arrived safely, the plane was on time and I was picked up at the airport without a problem. Such is the power of prayer! First impressions, there seem to be two distinct parts of town, which is to be expected; the riche...

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