Between power-outs and coffee ceremonies...

First let me start by saying:
The contents of this web site belong to the group's members and do not reflect any position or policy of the U.S. Government or the Peace Corps.

Now that that's out of the way, this will be a place where I'll post while volunteering in Ethiopia as part of the Peace Corps.

PO Box #109
East Gojjam
Dejen, Ethiopia

Just in case anyone feels so inclined...
Relax. You will become an adult. You will figure out your career. You will find someone who loves you. You have a whole lifetime; time takes time. The only way to fail at life is to abstain.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Supporting the marginalized is the most manly/straight/patriotic thing you can do!
Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it - that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.
-Stephen Fry (via hope-is-the-new-black)

(via somuchsass)

Adama horizon (Taken with Instagram)

The view (Taken with Instagram)

Taken with Instagram

"Skype and other Voice Over Internet Technology Use are Prohibited in Ethiopia! The Ethiopian government has passed new legislation that criminalizes the use of Internet-based voice communications such as Skype and other forms of Internet phone calling. Authorities have also installed a new filtering system that monitors the use of the Internet. The telecoms law strictly prohibits VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) which includes audio and video related social media communication and the transfer of information packages through the fast growing global cyber networks. It also authorizes the government to inspect any imports of voice communication equipment and accessories, while also banning inbound shipments without prior permission. Anyone involved in "illegal" phone calling services will be prosecuted and could be jailed for up to 15 years or fined heavily if found guilty. Making an Internet phone call through different software is punishable by three to eight years— automatically criminalizing Skype and other similar voice services."

We don’t really know what a pleasure it is to run in our own language until we are forced to stumble in someone else’s.
Gregory David Roberts (via fromthailandwithlove)

(via fromthailandwithlove-deactivate)