Meeting Milo – Day 4

March 21st, 2010

Saturday, March 21

We spent the morning at the care center with Milo. And he spent the morning asleep in his sling. It gave us a little time to visit and play with some of the older kids at the care center. Some were pretty shy but most loved the extra attention. A few of the older kids (5 or 6 years old) were excited to tell us that they also had families waiting for them in America.

Saturday had about 52 activities packed into the afternoon. It was a little crazy and exhausting. After the care center, we made a quick stop at the AHOPE care center. AHOPE cares for children who have HIV and are orphans. One of the parents in our travel group had brought donations for the center and so we got a quick tour and spent some time playing with the kids.


Next we went shopping. First they drove us through the Mercado which is the largest open air market in Africa. It was streets and streets filled with shops. You could buy everything from plastic clothes hangers to chickens. There were several places I wanted to stop, including the street filled with shops only selling fabric but it’s so big and busy that it’s not really the safest place for a bunch of tourists without a guide. A couple of guys from our travel group hired a taxi and went back later with a guide and said it was pretty amazing.

We went shopping on a much smaller street of shops. We had about 45 minutes to shop. It was pretty much a “if you want it, get it.” type trip. Not a lot of browsing and debating…just buying. Later, we went to a shop that sold silver jewelry, clothes, books, and a few “higher-end” items. And we stopped at a coffee shop to stock up on Ethiopian coffee.

That night we went out to dinner for traditional Ethiopian food and dancing.

We got back to the guest houses around 10 or so. Probably later. And we had to be up and ready to board the bus at 6:30 in the morning on Sunday for the drive to Hosanna.

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