We made it to Ethiopia! Addis is reminding us alot of our trip to Nepal and Kathmandu...lots of people, lots of crazy traffic, but seems more modern that Kathmandu. Our driver,Abiey is terrific (pronounced Abby) (Gayla, he was so excited about your package!!)...he has helped us get everything we need. Our first Ethiopian meal was pizza and then we had some yummy carribean style bbq for dinner (we decided to brave it and go for meat!). So far so good. We are really tired, and will be heading to bed soon. We are leaving the guest house at 5am for our flight to Gondar. I am excited and trying to prepare my heart for seeing Melat's hometown and all that is there. I've heard the hospital is pretty hard to see, but I still want to see it. WE want to capture as many peices of her life story as we can. I am trying to prepare for what could be an emotional day. I got all teary just hitting the ground in Ethiopia...I think the flood gates have cracked open. It's hard to believe we are finally HERE. The people are so beautiful and friendly. We are trying to take it all in.
Dubai was something else. HOT. It was about 100 late into the night, and still hot at 6am! The airport is very....shiny. Shiny floors, walls ceilings. There are huge sparkly pillars everywhere, i joked that I think it might be made of diamonds. Seriously, the clocks on the walls are Rolex. Cell phones for sale were gold. ACTUAL GOLD. Crazy. But, we had great coffee there this morning, and it was cushy place to land for a few hours of sleep (the hotel, not the airport). Emirates is FANTASTIC. We really liked flying that airline. They are very friendly, great "entertainment" features, the long 15 hour flight actually went by pretty quickly. A few movies, a few naps, and we were in Dubai. I would recommend them.
Only two more days we have our hands on our sweet girl! It was surreal to be standing in Ethiopia, talking with Travis about plans for him to bring her to us. Can't wait!!