Sunday, October 25, 2015

On the Stoop ...


I love the city ... flat-faced old row house, I was leaning against the wall (my stoop), watching the traffic -- people on different paths, edgy car drivers, big trucks -- like a child obsessed with train tracks, parking spaces filling and emptying. When Nobue arrived, we coursed a mile to the market, for a baguette (or not), Belgian beer, and tarts. Dinner in the old basement, new industrial kitchen, warm spaghetti and absinthe for the soul ... hugs and dessert ... so much: I love the city ...


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Africa 10.17.2015

Saturday, 10/17. Good launch in Ethiopia. Landed 6:40 AM at Bole, cleared customs and got to Jupiter Hotel in Cazanchis about 9:30. (Melaku met me at airport and drove.) Not having slept on plane, after unpacking clothes and gear, I quickly fell to sleep until early afternoon. I then headed over to clinic for visits with Gashaw and Dr. Alemayehu. Spent a couple hours making observations and note taking, including reviewing beneficiaries' case records and developing questions for formative evaluation. Then a couple kilometer walk to Hilton for a late pizza and Amber beer, outside on lower terrace with a small concert underway -- African and American songs. Very lovely. Walked home and continue to read and write. Cape Town looks like a good respite later in the trip. I brought Ricalton's diary of his 1909 time there, including hikes up Table Mountain and trekking the area with his view cameras. (Ricalton subsequently trekked from there to Cairo.)