(4 posts in May, 2008)Back

Nearing the end of the year

28 May, 2008 | 0 COMMENTS

So things are wrapping up here, I've finished all my end of year reports and grades. The students are looking forward to getting off; I am too to be honest. The power cuts continue to get worse, and now Bingham's area of town is losing water on a regular basis too. Our house still seems to get it, maybe because we're slightly lower in the city. But it is a real nuisance for those living at Bingham. Living without power is do-able, but water is more of a necessity! We're really praying hard for r...

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Still not much rain

18 May, 2008 | 0 COMMENTS

Coming from Ireland, I never thought I'd want rain to come. However, the lack of rain here over the past months has caused so many problems for this country, it is essential that it comes soon. The power cuts are very frequent now, though they are not predictable so annoyingly you cannot plan around them. It is quite frustrating, though perhaps more dangerous, to preserve power, they have turned off all street lights, including those on the Ring road. Which means that it is much harder to see th...

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Awash National Park

5 May, 2008 | 0 COMMENTS

As Bingham was closed for a few days over this weekend, Brian and I decided to take a trip, down country. On Thursday morning, we got on a bus heading east, and headed for Awash town, in the Afar region of Ethiopia. The 250km bus trip cost 1.50. Riding the public buses in Ethiopia is quite an experience. The buses are always crammed full of people, to ensure that the owner makes the most money possible. They are extremely hot and Ethiopian locals will not open the windows as they are afraid tha...

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Ethiopian Easter

1 May, 2008 | 0 COMMENTS

One of the pastors in a church here once said that one of the great things about Ethiopia, aside from the weather, is that you get to celebrate all major holidays twice. Christmas, New Year and Easter are all celebrated by Ethiopians at a slightly different time of the year from the rest of the world. This is because they use a different calendar from the rest of the world; Ethiopia is currently in the year 2000 at the moment. So Forengis celebrate Easter along with the rest of the world, and th...

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