list-en up

I’m counting down the days. It’s coming up fast. Between the last minute projects, packing up my house, getting in hang time with friends, and applying for jobs, my time in Ethiopia is flying by.

I need to take a moment to reflect on my time here. What better way to do that then make a few Top 5 lists (in no particular order).

Haven't yet taken her out on beautiful Lake Tana. On the to-do list.

Haven’t yet taken a tankwa out on beautiful Lake Tana. On the to-do list.

Things I’ll miss the most

  • My friends, of course, Ethiopian and PC
  • Fasting food (bayinet) and fresh injera
  • Beautiful, beautiful Bahir Dar and Lake Tana
  • The slow pace of life (or, more accurately, being lazy)
  • Night rain beating on my tin roof during rainy season

Things I’ll miss less

  • Being grabbed in inappropriate places or being propositioned on the street
  • “youyouyouyouyouyouyouyouyouyouyouyouyou”
  • Bacterial infections (though I’ll miss the weight loss side effect)
  • The ETC lady telling me that the number I dialed cannot be reached at this time
  • Bajajes

Favorite Ethiopianisms

  • “Get in!”
  • “Are you sure?”
  • Chigger yellam” (“No problem.” Everything is no problem.)
  • Shoulder bump greeting
  • Dudes holding winkies
Good food, good friends, good day.

Good food, good friends, good day.

Favorite moments with PCVs

  • COS sing-a-long (sounds corny, but it was anything but)
  • Thanksgiving at Peter’s
  • Fourth of July in Huruta
  • Christmas movies in BD (complete with A Very Brady Drinking Game)
  • St. Patrick’s Day at Hakim Stout Bar during AVC (I danced a lot. And it was fun!)
BDU students from around Ethiopia are kind enough to pose with me.

BDU students from around Ethiopia are kind enough to pose with me.

 

Favorite moments with non-PCVs

Best previously unseen TV shows watched in country

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Parks and Rec
  • Happy Endings (damn you, ABC)
  • Game of Thrones (I guess I technically started watching it in the States, but it was only four eps)
  • Pretty Little Liars (Yup. I went there.)

Most watched TV shows in country

  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • Parks and Rec
  • Community (Yeah, so basically NBC’s old Thursday night comedy block)
  • Happy Endings

Best books read in country (top 10)

  • East of Eden (one of the best books I’ve ever read. Thanks, Peter!)
  • Fingersmith
  • The Big Short
  • Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  • All the Pretty Horses
  • Devil in the White City
  • King Leopold’s Ghost
  • Under the Banner of Heaven
  • War
  • Dubliners

Worst books read in country (er, bottom 10?)

  • Pillars of the Earth (a thousand pages of awful writing)
  • Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven (ugh)
  • The Alchemist (dreck)
  • The Lost Symbol (dreck times a thousand)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces (just not my cup of tea)
  • You Shall Know Our Velocity! (nice try, Eggers)
  • Sleepwalk With Me (unfunny)
  • Zombie Survival Guide (was it supposed to be funny? Cuz it wasn’t.)
  • Time Traveler’s Wife (contrived)
  • About a Boy (who cares?)

Favorite blog posts

Meeting my host siblings for the first time way back in June 2011. Elsabet, Yohannes, and Sofi.

Meeting my host siblings for the first time way back in June 2011. Elsabet, Yohannes, and Sofi.

Things I want to fit in before I leave

  • Trip to Zege peninsula
  • Tankwa ride (papyrus boat)
  • Last trip to Huruta to see my host family
  • A couple more trainings (and summer camp!)
  • Tattoo!

There, that feels better.

I’m going to try to cram in a few more posts in the next month. And before you (and I) know it, I’ll be home!

Cheers.

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2 Responses to list-en up

  1. Nikki says:

    Thanks for the recap and I can’t believe you are almost back!! Congrats on two yrs of service!!

  2. Amy says:

    Tattoo!??! Can’t wait to check that out!

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