The adjustment to Addis Ababa has been pretty interesting. Coming from being self-dependent back in Seattle, I find that there is a lot of independence to compromise as you’re becoming familiar with a new city and learning how to navigate around. I’ve been relying on a lot of friends and family to give me rides to places, which they insist on and reject my “Thank you’s” as they don’t consider it a favor as much as this is how we should help each other. But once again, I’m reminded of the genuine hospitality and generosity that my environment offers. What’s amazing is that I can correlate this kind of generosity to what I experienced during my six months in Oxford, Mississippi. The spirit of friendship, love, authenticity, and people helping you out as you’re finding your way. I love making the connections of this beautiful spirit in the spaces I’ve traveled to. It allows me to believe that no matter where you are, you will find down-to-earth people who will always give you a hand when you need it.
On another note, I took my GoPro with me to try and capture much of what I’m seeing day-to-day. So I decided to compile some clips I captured on my GoPro (with my beautiful cousin Seble) and make a little video (perhaps a series) of my travels. Enjoy!