Well, I made it. Arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday. Apart from being big time jet lagged things are going well. We have been told it takes about 1 day to readjust for each hour in time change so this whole week will be a joy. Anyhow, I’m loving Ethiopia so far. Yes, there are many different things culture wise and that are just straight up reality in parts of the developing world. Nonetheless, the Ethiopian people I’ve met so far are great people, they have great food and they have beautiful little kids that smile at you real big and stick out their hand to high five me, the ferenji (in Ethiopian Amharic it means foreigner) . This cute little girl did that today as I was walking with some fellow PC trainees to buy a cellphone. It was my first real Peace Corps moment as she was truly adorable. Although I haven’t been called it yet, most foreigners are called ferenji as they are walking down the street and you are very popular. I’m very excited about this. As I was out and about today I kept waiting to be called ferenji. I didn’t but I’m ready and can’t wait. Oh another fun fact, it is 2004 in Ethiopia. If you are interested you can Google the Ethiopian calendar.
Orientation is going well. A lot of information but the in-country staff are great and are very helpful and friendly. I must close up for now though. I’m headed to my mentor/current Peace Corps volunteer site for the weekend and until Tuesday. We are in a hotel for a week afterwards so I’ll have internet. The end of next week we move in with our host families for the rest of PST aka Pre-service Training until Mid-August. Don’t know how much internet access I’ll have there but I’ll survive. There are many more great things to come and I’m definitely nervous but I’m very excited. God Bless and please send me an email or a care package whenever you like. 😉 You can find my email address and mailing address on the “Contact Me” page of my blog at anthonynavarrete.wordpress.com. Well, that is it. I’m off to bed. Will update again whenever possible.