June 4, 2008

Driving around Addis

While we were in Ethiopia, I kept having these 'I wish the kids were here' moments. I wanted to transport our experience home with us. So I asked the cameraman (lovingly dubbed Seth) to record everything we did. He was pretty annoyed.

Riding around town was an experience that my kids would have loved. I would have been a ball of nerves...no carseats, seatbelts, or even traffic lanes. I kept harping on Seth to "RECORD this!" When I was at the hospital yesterday, I put this together while I waited (3 long hours) for Fetya's MRI to be done. The kids got a kick out of it and I thought I'd share it with you.

video

7 comments:

Jill Coen said...

I'm feeling a little car sick....

Bless those donkeys! They know where they are going and no mini-bus will get in THEIR way! :)

Jill Coen said...

I'm a little carsick now...

Bless those donkeys! They know where they are going and no mini-bus will get in THEIR way! :)

Christy O said...

Thanks for sharing! Yes, isn't transportation in Addis something else??? I was terrified most of the time, and just amaze the rest of the time. We didn't see any accidents while we were there, but we did see a dead donkey in the road, and our ride was late one day because a bus overturned somewhere near our hotel! One of the adoptive dads that we traveled with is a professional truck driver and between him and I we were a wreck most of the time. We finally asked our driver if they had rules of the road in Ethiopia - his response was "yes, but no one follows them!". That was obvious!! LOL!

kristin said...

How cool.. I loved that.

Team Dragovich said...

Did that make you sick??? I LOVE that song :) I listen to Jack Johnson a lot actually... I can't even imagine what it is like there. A different reality...

Love,
Shari

PS Thinking and praying for your sweet girl often... keep us updated!

Carpenters said...

The video was great! I can just feel the bus with the no-traffic signal stop and gos. Our bus was stuck in a traffic jam while we were going to the transition home and our driver just backed at least a mile down the hill (dirt roads) and turned onto another street. Never would that be attempted in a city in the US, but it worked. We avoided the traffic. Oh, and I'm pretty sure that our bus also bumped a pedestrian too. Apparently I'm the only one of our group who noticed. What fun times. I'm glad the kids got to experience a little of your trip. I love the song to go with the footage. I need some tips on how to get Gabe to take more pictures when I ask. When I give him the camera, he usually just puts it down. Arg. Thanks for the vid.

With Love,
Penelope

mattandkristy said...

That was great! Thanks for sharing... it makes me so ready to go!
Kristy