Mornings.

When I wake up each morning at 5:30 it is dark. When I get out of the shower the sun has come up, light is flooding through each end of the apartment and I am able to turn all of the lights off. This morning when I woke up and light was flooding my room through the pulled yellow curtains. I was immediately terrified that I had over slept and school had started without me. I looked at my phone on the windowsill and saw that it was only 6:30, thank God. I vaguely remember being woken up at 4:40 by someone calling me, and the call disconnecting and nobody being there. I guess I also forgot to set my alarm. Having a shower was out of the picture, and the power was out so even if I wanted to it would be ice cold. I also couldn’t iron my shirt, once again. Around 6:55 I realized Kyle still wasn’t up and went to let him know we had to leave in 15 minutes. He groaned from his room that he wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t going to go today. I boiled some water, knocking over the kettle twice and soaking the propane burner, finally it sputtered to life again. I gave him a packet of Emergen-C, some honey and cinnamon tea and headed out the door to get Jasmin. I was packing a large wicker basket that I had bought off a guy on the street for 20 birr; it was going to be my new ball basket at school. We weaved our way through the mud-ruined roads and field, past the snarling stray dogs, and down the road to the taxi stand. We caught a taxi to One Planet as we were running late. I still don’t understand how people survive without regular car accidents here. For some reason they never get into the lane the are about to turn out off, instead the cut off 4 lanes of traffic to turn off from the farthest lane possible. Every day I spend here the driving seems to get more and more crazy. The other day I watched as about 20 people charged pushing and shoving each other jockeying for a seat in a public taxi. We watched and waited patiently for the next one.
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Soon after our arrival at One Planet the sky opened up again and began to poor. Rivers of water began rushing between classrooms, and the students sent paper boats on their maiden voyages from the shelter of their classroom doors. This time I had my raincoat, although I was still cold. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned but when it rains here everything turns to mud. It’s hard to stay clean.
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After school we had another staff meeting where we went over to methods of student evaluation. It was exciting to see that the evaluations always considered the virtues and not just the academics and skill level. A large section of the evaluation is based on Social Emotional evaluation and Virtues.
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Thank you to everyone who commented or emailed me! It’s really great to hear about how things are back home, and how everyone is doing! It is really touching to hear from so many people from so many different parts of my life. Thank you, it means a lot. It’s good to know there are people out there.
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Here are some more pictures; hopefully there will be some captions for them. I haven’t actually been posting but sending my pictures and posts to Meegin who has been doing it for me. The internet is so painfully slow here that it would take me several hours and cost me for the time. The CDMA internet devices we have also only work on pc, so I have to boot up two computers now whenever I turn my mac on. So if anyone reading this knows how to get a mac driver for the CDMA 1X MG880 + it would be greatly appreciated!