The Day Before I Leave

by Troy C. Thomas

July 25, 2015 In shocking news, Uncle BF offered to take us shopping. We went back to the traditional Ethiopian garment area down the hill from Entoto. I added up how many people I needed gifts for. So I already knew how much o would approximately spend. I actually had to buy a ton of…



Back To The Future

by Troy C. Thomas

July 24, 2015 This is my third to last day in Addis. It sounds crazy phrasing it like that. But this is pretty big. I am close to being back home, but at the same time I’ll be leaving a place that has become my home. I can honestly say that I’m torn. Going back…



Shaking Off The Shackles

by Troy C. Thomas

July 22, 2015   Been up for hours. As usual. Had some interesting dreams and fantasies pop into my head. But this time it felt like work, my imagination would take me for rides in the past. Now I have to direct the action per se.   The morning call to prayer from the local…



Royalty

by Troy C. Thomas

July 21, 2015   I woke up at 1am. I was not a happy camper. Last night, my right molar was giving me the blues. I have been eating so much beef since I’ve landed on this fertile soil. The last two days we have been eating tibs. So I flossed before I went to…



Back To Business

by Troy C. Thomas

July 20, 2015   What a day!! I’ve been up for twelve hours now. My sleep patterns are outrageous. I have literally woken up a minimum of two hours earlier than normal time of 6am, except one day. It’s taking a toll on my body and mind. But I’ll be fine. I hope.   I…



The Aftermath

by Troy C. Thomas

July 19, 2015   We returned home to the Lebu house at 5am. Last night we hit up four clubs and went to grab some pizza in the red light district of Addis. We were ripping and running around different streets in search of something to eat. There were so many bars on each block…



Tigist

by Troy C. Thomas

July 18, 2015   The word of the day is tigist. That means patience in Amharic.   I took a walk with Uncle BF this AM. It ended being a walk at a rapid pace to Kaldis. We spoke on different topics to and fro our destination. What I didn’t know was that he was…



Kids + Reality Check

by Troy C. Thomas

July 17, 2015   Been up for hours. I haven’t slept good since the first two nights in Addis. I must still be on Los Angeles time. It’s quite annoying being completely up like two hours before my normal time of 6am. It’s very draining. I’m sitting here listening to the neighborhood mosque cant their…



The Chill

by Troy C. Thomas

Today we took a different route to Omna that was very eye opening. First of all the restaurant isn’t that far from Uncle BF’s house in Lebu. It honestly reminded me of the high rise projects in New York or Chicago. Numerous very tall and wide buildings. People everywhere. Lots of  storefronts and tent shops. Then we…