Saturday, January 4, 2014

Going back

Big news! We are going to Ethiopia! A and I are. We leave April 5th.

Here's a preliminary list of things to do before we leave:
  • passport for A - DONE
  • Ethiopian visas
  • UAE visas? Do we need to get these in advance? Advice please!?
  • shots and other vaccinations
  • accommodation in Addis Ababa
  • driver to take us south
  • accommodation in the south.  Not sure if we'll stay in Burjii or somewhere where there's a hotel. Closest hotel I know of is about four hours away.
  • interpreter. We would much rather have an English-Burjinya interpreter instead of an English-Amharic-Burjinya team of interpreters.
  • tell family we are coming
  • try to prepare family with realistic expectations (A no longer speaks Burjinya etc.)
  • photo albums for family
  • videos of D to show family
  • gifts/donations?
  • prepare A emotionally
  • prepare D for our absence
I've recently been in touch with many people who have made this return trip and gotten great advice. Am I still missing anything?


  1. I'd suggest (at least) two tape recorders (and lots of extra batteries) to put on the table every time you meet with family members and have translators with you. Leave one tape recorder with the family. Wishing you joy on the journey.

  2. Holy cow!! That's amazing! And a really long list, but doable. I don't have any advice, but am so happy you have this chance. Setting expectations and preparing emotionally may be difficult, but I'm sure you're up for the challenge. Can't wait to hear more!

  3. This is so wonderful! I'm very excited for you and A. I have no advice for you, but I'll be paying close attention to what you do and keeping notes for the future.

  4. My happy thoughts are with you guys! Wonderful that you can go back to Ethiopia.