After a journey of more than 28 hours, we stepped off the plane Friday evening in Addis Ababa, the capitol city of Ethiopia. As I exited the plane door onto the steps, the Ethiopian air met my nose with comfort. “Ah, it smells like Ethiopia!” It was a familiar smell that made me feel at home.
We had to explain to the x-ray machine operators at the airport why we were bringing in large numbers of certain supplies, like canvas bags and pens we had brought for the children in Roggie Village. They want to make sure we aren’t coming to resell things here.
We were excited to see our friends, our hosts from Hope Enterprises, Zenebe and Worede, our driver and helpers. We piled all of our luggage into the back of our rented bus and drove to the Providence Guest House for the night in Addis Ababa. It was a lovely, homey place for a night of rest after our long trip.