On Sunday morning we left the Mayfield Guest House in Nairobi, Kenya at 6 a.m. to head for the airport. Security is tight in Kenya as we needed to exit the van prior to entering the airport property for our vehicle to be scanned and all of our personal bags to be checked. In the airport we went through 2 additional security checks with our luggage.
We landed in Ethiopia and arrived at the Ember Guest House in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in time for lunch. This was our most relaxing day so far on the trip and we all certainly needed that. We spent the afternoon and evening either napping or catching up on communication with family and office email. Monday morning we traveled to a local bank to exchange our U.S. dollars for Ethiopian Birr. That was quite an ordeal as it involved working with bank employees at 3 different windows for each of us to finally receive our Ethiopian cash. We were all on our best behavior and didn’t take any photos to document this experience since there was a guard sitting by the doorway with an AK-47. Our guide took us to the Tomoca Coffee Shop, where the staff was probably shocked by the volume of beans that were sold to 9 individuals in such a short period of time. We headed to the International Community School of Addis Ababa where we held a college fair for the high school students during the lunch hour. Later in the afternoon we traveled up the mountain to see the Entoto Maryam Memorial Museum and Church. In the evening we embraced Ethiopian culture as we dined at the Yod Abyssinia Culture Restaurant with an authentic meal of enjera, experienced ceremonial hand washing, and enjoyed watching Ethiopian dance.
Tuesday, November 3rd, we headed to Bingham Academy for a full day of events with their students. During our time there we led 4 seminar sessions, had tea time with the faculty and staff, and ended the visit with a great college fair. After dinner we departed for the airport and took a late night flight to Tanzania. We landed safely at 2 a.m. and checked into our hotel at 4 a.m.
We continue to remind each other of how grateful we are for our vocation in Christian higher education enrollment management and for this opportunity to meet high school students and embrace the culture in each of these wonderful countries.
Director of Admissions