Tag Archives: Tigray

Ashenda 2014!

The girls will find you…it’s only a matter of time.  Every spring groups of girls get together and beautify themselves with new dresses, fancy hairdos, and jewelry.  Then they take to the streets with a hand drum for three crazy days looking … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Mekele Camp GLOW 2014

I just worked with 13 other Peace Corps Volunteers and 6 Ethiopian counterparts to conduct the second annual Mekele Camp GLOW.  Camp GLOW, which stands for Girls Leading Our World, is an international Peace Corps project focused on teaching youth … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Go Play Outside

“You don’t have a whipping holiday in America?” asked my friend. No not really, although we do blow things up on the 4th of July.  So while Americans blow stuff up today, boys in Abi Adi are kicking this whipping … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grassroot Soccer SKILLZ!

Peace Corps Volunteers struggle with sustainability.  Just like anyone working in the ‘development’ field, I question the work I am doing.  However, since I’m a bottom-of-the-food-chain volunteer who is more or less (ir)responsible for planning my own projects, I question … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Mekele Market – In Pictures

The Mekele market is huge and confusing and strange.  It’s a bustling sprawl of everything imaginable;   everything is negotiable and nothing has a price tag.  Therefore a few weeks ago I went into the labyrinth with Hannah, a pen and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

“Run Bitches! This Ain’t A Walkathon!!!”

I was in a serious mental funk at 3pm on the third day of the Tigray Trek and my friends were taking too long to catch up; I wanted to sit down as soon as possible to alleviate the pain … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Meskel: Burning the Cross

Every year on September 27th, Orthodox Christians in Abi Adi burn a wooden cross to celebrate the finding of Jesus’ true cross.  Rumor has it that the Empress Helena found the cross upon which Jesus was crucified on this day … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments