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Market Day

January 29th, 2011 by · 3 Comments · Africa, Ethiopia

IMG_0255It is market day and the streets are full of donkey carts and barefoot pilgrims wrapped in their white gabi’s, driving their wares to the square. We buy potatoes, cabbage, beets, kale, onions, garlic, eggs and a chicken. Darlene named her Doro Wat, which is the national dish of Ethiopia, a spicy chicken stew. Philippa declared him a rooster and Joni sat on our patio and entertained the hospital staff with her arsenal of barnyard animal calls, drawing not only the rooster, but the sheep grazing in our yard. Yamatan prepared the bird for us, after I crawled into a shrub to retrieve the hobbling fowl as he made his break for it. We added pasta and spices and stewed him up in a pot we also bought from the market for just such an occasion.

The Imam's house...On the way home we took my favorite street, past the mosque and imams house, and like a child I peered thru the slotted wooden fence to the large golden wheat fields that makes up the eucalyptus lined yard. The men in the field across from ourhouse sift teff from hay and drive their cattle in circles to mix it up. Donkeys bray from somewhere out of sight and children run the dirt packed avenues with homemade pinwheels spinning in the wind. The hospital was quiet with two new births, the sun was present and ready as always.

IMG_0403Darlene spreads across the chairs in the yard, dark glasses on, reading a novel as the heat of the afternoon soaks her clothes with warmth. Our pails are full of water, as today is a water day. At the stadium, the hospital futbol team tied in a tough match and Manchester United, the town favorite, won on the tele. It seems the perfect day.



  • February 5th, 2011 by Darlene Nastansky

    They are carrying baskets loaded with cattle patties, or cow dung. Since fire wood is scarce, it is used a source of fuel.
    Missing everyone and loving your support. Thank you!

  • February 3rd, 2011 by mom

    What were the kids carrying on their backs??
    Loved the atmosphere of the place.
    You could be anywhere the way you both look so comfortable in what your doing.
    love you both, Mom

  • February 3rd, 2011 by Janelle

    Great pictures . love the kids smiles as they seem to be greeting you, reminds us that smiles speak all languages :]

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