The amazing Semien Mountains National Park

We did a short trek in the amazing Semien Mountains National Park

At times over the past ten days, I’ve felt our extended road trip through the hinterland of Ethiopia may have been a bit too adventurous, given we’re almost seven months into our journey and feeling quite travel weary. Continue reading

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A Bit of Everything


Hey everyone; Cate here! We left Addis Ababa a few days ago and are now on a road trip across the Northern part of Ethiopia. We spent a day in the city Bahir Dar and took a long boat trip to an island on Lake Tana where we saw two very interesting Christian Orthodox monasteries with beautiful paintings dating back 700 years.

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“Take a train to Gondor and spit on my father’s grave”


Fasilides Castle built in 1635 by Emperor Fasilides Adam Sagad who is credited with founding Gondor

Fasilides Castle built in 1635 by Emperor Fasilides Adam Sagad who is credited with founding Gondor

That was my Dad’s request back in December 2007, just before we traveled to Ethiopia to adopt Meskie. He was none too pleased at my response, which while sympathetic, explained in no uncertain terms why it wasn’t going to happen.

In essence:

  1. Ethiopia does not have a national train system.
  2. The trip to Gondor from the capital city of Addis Ababa would take several long days of driving in poor road conditions.
  3. Taking said road trip would be a unique form of torture with three children ages 1, 2 and 5 (two in diapers and one likely thinking something along the lines of “Who are these pasty aliens who have taken me away from everything and everyone I knew?”) Continue reading
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Six years ago, we arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a family of four. The next day we were a family of five… at least on paper. In reality, you don’t just snap your fingers and “become” family. It takes time and shared experiences — lots of both. The good, the bad, and the mundane. Continue reading

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