Grateful
Jul25

Grateful

After a long 17 hour flight back to America, and two more flights ahead before arriving back to Birmingham, I am very tired but excited to get home to a hot shower and soft bed. Yet, I am also really missing those sweet Ethiopian faces and their warm hospitality. As I sit in the airport I notice how rushed everyone is and how most people keep to themselves. Almost everyone is hooked up to an iPad or iPhone. It seems weird to me to be...

Read More
Ethiopians
Jul01

Ethiopians

While studying abroad in Ethiopia I was able to meet hundreds of Ethiopians as my team and I set up medical clinics in the locals’ villages. The people were very welcoming and happy to see us. Some would stare in amazement at the color of our skin because they had never before seen such a pale skin color before. Others were amazed at the length and color of our hair. Many Ethiopians have very very short hair–including the...

Read More
Preparing for Ethiopia
Jun30

Preparing for Ethiopia

Preparing for Ethiopia was a little different than preparing for any other study abroad trip. Common items such as toilet paper, tissues, soap, etc. are not readily available in Africa. Therefore, most of my packing involved minimal clothing and lots of snacks, tissues, hand sanitizer, wet wipes–you get the idea. I was¬†told we probably would not have wifi, there would not be any hot water, and we would be lucky if we did have...

Read More