Timkat 2015

19 January, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS

Language school continues as usual, I'm still enjoying it which is a definite plus. I really enjoy practising with people as much as I can so I've made plans with a couple of Ethiopian friends who work at Bingham to meet up every week for lunch and chat in Amharic. Really looking forward to the opportunity to develop my Amharic further! This weekend has been a busy one! The Ethiopian holiday of Timkat has been taking place, both yesterday and today. Timkat (the Amharic word for baptism) is the...

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Back to "normal"

14 January, 2015 | 1 COMMENTS

So I've arrived safely back in Addis Ababa, and am starting to settle back into life here. I was really only in Addis for 5 weeks before I had to leave again, so I probably hadn't settled properly into life here, definitely not long enough to put down roots. I think that after 3 weeks back at home, I was beginning to settle back into life in Ireland again. It's been a fairly unsettling couple of months! Anyway, I'm very thankful that it's all sorted out now, the SIM staff here seem confident tha...

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Ready to go back

8 January, 2015 | 0 COMMENTS

Well a long time has passed since I last updated the blog, it's been a pretty busy Christmas for me! It has been an enjoyable time seeing friends and family again, a little surreal since I didn't expect to be seeing everyone again so soon after going! But it has been a blessing all the same. Because of my visa issues, I needed to leave Ethiopia, and decided the best place to go to was home, so I arrived home on 23rd December, just in time for Christmas. It was strange watching family open gifts...

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Finishing up for the holidays

20 December, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

So only 5 days until Christmas day. Again, it hardly feels like it here, its just too hot haha! The big news from my end is that I'm coming home for Christmas. Due to circumstances outside of my control, I need to leave the country and re-enter on a different visa. Unfortunately, this is not something that I have a choice about. However, it is a nice surprise to be able to be home with friends and family over the Christmas break! A little bit of an anti-climax since it was only 6 weeks ago I wa...

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Less than 2 weeks to Christmas!

13 December, 2014 | 1 COMMENTS

Things continue here as normal and despite it getting closer and closer to Christmas, it doesn't feel like it at all. Having Christmas music on while I write this helps a little :-) I still haven't managed to get a license plate for my motorcycle yet, so it is still sitting waiting for me. Hopefully within the next week! One of the guys from Bingham who has a motorbike has lent me his until mine gets sorted. It's great to have transport finally! However, there is a fuel shortage in the country a...

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