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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ethiopia Travel Log: Day 7

Wednesday march 5th

All in all we did well last night for our first overnight together. The nannies told us that
Tensae is difficult to put to sleep but that once she is asleep she usually sleeps all night. This would pretty much describe our first night. She was crabby and did not want to lay down so I put her in the sling and walked around the guest house until she finally crashed. Then I got to do that thing that all parents know about where you move and stop, move and stop in order to get her in bed without waking her up. She did seem to have some nightmares as she whimpered in her sleep every now and then but never fully woke up. She was happy when she woke up and seemed to recognize us right away. We all had fresh pancakes for breakfast and then played outside in the courtyard. She loves riding the tricycles and playing ball. We are amazed with her motor skills (she can make a perfect running kick with a soccer ball and has an excellent overhand throw) and are pretty sure that she will excel in sports. We later walked over to the other guesthouse where they have a dog. We had heard that many Ethiopian children are afraid of dogs so we thought it would be good to introduce her. She was cautious but did pet the dogs tail while sitting on Tony’s lap. None of the other kids would go near the scruffy thing. Afterwards we walked up the block to visit Home Depot, yes they have their own version of Home Depot in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. She thought everything in the store was amazing, especially the big tv’s and bathtubs. I am guessing however that not many people there can afford them. On the way home we stopped at a little shanty store in front of someone’s house and bought soccer balls for $2 US which say Ethiopian Millennium on them (since their calendar is 7 years behind, they just celebrated the millennium this year). Some others in our travel group went there later to buy more, I am pretty sure we made that kids day. Oh, a little tip on how to blow up a soccer ball in Ethiopia. Put the needle in the ball, place your mouth on the needle and blow! The rest of the day was pretty similar, play, sleep, eat except that we did take a short trip with some of the older kids to do more shopping. I put Tensae in the sling again and she seemed to enjoy window shopping with mom. It is evident that she already has some opinions about what clothes she likes and does not like.

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