Happy New Year!

As much as I am writing in my journal, I have to say I miss adding a few posts. So, this will be a quick one because as I have learned over this past week, electricity and network connections are not to be taken for granted.

Tomorrow is the Ethiopian New Year. They have a thirteen month calendar. 12 months of 30 days and then a 13th month of 5 days. They also have a self imposed time system of plus six hours. This took me a couple of minutes to get used to. For example, instead of saying we will start at 9am, it is we will start at 3. This isn’t a time zone change but rather the way they choose to tell time.

I have been learning a few words. For example, coffee is binna. And I learned the word for “thank you” – ah me sa gen la ho . If I think about the syllable order, I get tripped up so my method is to spit it out as fast as possible.

Tomorrow I have been invited to a traditional coffee ceremony at someone’s house so I am looking forward to it. It is a very big honor.

I am having a little difficulty seeing people walk around with the live animals that are shortly on their way to becoming dinner. You buy your protein live and take it home. And here, the green peppers are the deadly hot ones not the red ones.

This is has been an amazing experience so far. That seems like such an inadequate adjective. I’ll write more when I get home. I miss the pets and could not imagine them living here.

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