We were greeted the next morning at Bole International Airport by the owners of our guest house. After settling into our apartment and resting from the 2 day journey, we decided to walk around the city to get our bearings. This orientation to our new home has taken the entire 4 days we have been in Addis thus far. We have been lost, walked in circles through torrential rains, and had absolutely no clue where we were much of the time. Thankfully, we now have a map and are beginning to become accustomed to our area of the city.
Ben and I were without internet for our first 3 days in Addis. Although this does not seem like long, we felt obliged to try and let friends and family know we had made it safely. Not to mention the important things: try to go 3 days without checking email, twitter or facebook. After trying endlessly, we were finally able to get our CDMAs to work thanks to some help from new friends we met through a woman with whom we will be working.
In addition to these new friends, we have also met the individuals we will be working with closely. Dr. Gail Davey is a British medical doctor who is the leading expert in Podoconiosis. She has lived and worked in Ethiopia for 9 years now. We have also met Christel Ahrens, a German nurse and TOMS shoes consultant in Ethiopia with whom Ben will be working closely with on his project and Surafel Tadesse, another TOMS consultant in Ethiopia. They are all fantastic people and have made us feel as at home as possible.