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October 28th, 2011
Did I mention I’m the worst flyer I’ve ever met? The irony is I travel as much as I can and usually prefer destinations located across oceans. This generally means that for me travel is basically a religious experience. Thankfully I had movies for the two flights and fourteen hours it takes to get from Toronto to Addis Ababa.
We arrived in Addis tired and excited in the middle of the night. After meeting Plan Canada’s CEO Rosemarey McCarney it was clear being able to pick the brain of a woman so well educated in international development, economics and politics was going to be a fascinating opportunity.
We had arrived in Addis Ababa after dark and caught a taxi to take us to our hotel about fifteen minutes from the airport. It wasn’t until we woke early the next morning that we were able to clearly see our surroundings which appeared to be a busy, colourful, developed city bustling with traffic and people.
This was to be my first impression of Ethiopia, but not representative of its geographical climate as each region turned out to be as different as the people living there. While in Addis we visited markets, shopping centers, restaurants, coffee shops and one of the largest Churches in Africa. As we started out on the road to reach the first of our rural destinations, I saw how easy it must be to fall in love with such a beautiful country.
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