Sunday, August 19, 2012

Entoto Mountain

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Poor Brad, Eli and I both woke up with a case of the grumpies this morning.  Eli has a good excuse, he's been through a lot change in the past several days.

Me?  I'm just a wimp, not used to roughing it.  I want a warm shower.  With a stream of water with sufficient force to rinse shampoo out of my hair.  And I'm not sure which I miss more right now, my bed or my pillow.  I'll just say both.  If I'm going to whine, I may as well go all in.  Right?

We met up with our friend Julie to take the boys up Entoto Mountain, which seemed to do Eli and me both a lot of good.

Fresh air and a little (tiny) bit of sunshine.

The boys had a great time running around like a couple of puppies.

It warmed my heart to see them roaming, knowing that for far too long their play area has been a concrete courtyard that doubles as a parking lot.

We got a few smiles from Eli.

And this great picture of Brad.

On our way back down the mountain, we stopped again at the Ethiopian Women Fuel Wood Carriers Project to buy some more scarves.

Eli was fascinated with the looms.

And they had baskets available this time, too.  (On our last trip, somebody had been there just before us and bought all the baskets.)

Lunch came a little too late again that day, but thankfully we didn't cross the "too cranky to eat" threshold.  Eli and I share a love of french fries, but it seems Brad and I have somehow been matched with a child that does not like chocolate cake.  Honestly, I had no idea such a creature existed.

After lunch we stopped by Aster Bunna to buy some freshly roasted Ethiopian coffee.  Like so freshly roasted the bag was still warm.  (And I'm sipping some right now, back at home, while I post this entry.)

It was a very good day.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kathleen,
    I just stumbled upon your blog. Your son is adorable! I am the co-founder of Connected in Hope Foundation and we work with the Former Women Fuelwood Carriers Association to bring their scarves to the global market. We pay them a fair trade price up front and then market their scarves in the US. We re-invest 100% of the profits in programs that benefit the women and their families.
    I am so glad you were able to visit the compound. And I love your picture of Moshet (the weaver above)! Check us out on facebook at or online at

    Ryane :)