Monday, June 27, 2011

East Africa Day 44 (Sun June 26): Catching Up

Elaine made the best porridge this AM for breakfast, and then we spent the day hanging out in her apartment catching up on work. She is preparing for a presentation that she is giving at an IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) in South Africa early next month. I did my laundry in her bathroom sink, organized my photographs from Sipi Falls, and caught up on these blog posts. It was also a lot of fun to talk more about her research, Pace Law School, and East Africa. She returns to the USA on August 4 to start her PhD program in Vancouver – I am so glad that she is still here, and I got to meet her!

This evening we took bodas to an Ethiopian restaurant, Chameleone, for a late dinner, joined by her two friends Liz and Chris. Liz lives next door and is also on a Fulbright. She's from Omaha, and is writing a non-fiction piece on reusable menstrual pads. We sat outside in the cool night air, with nice lighting, and shared two large vegetarian platters and had tea. It was great to hear about their work and to just hang out. Chris is from Los Angeles, but moved here within the last year to work for a travel company, where he handles finances and does some IT work. Was really fun night, and fun to experience the locals scene:)

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