My mom started the day with us and then Kristen drove from Indy for the afternoon. We have had some fussy girls, hopefully she will come back! :)
On to our adventures...
Mekele is in the state of Tigray, far North in Ethiopia. The girls are from this region and we were very interested to learn more about the area they were from. We had the opportunity to spend two days there.
We boarded a plane early Saturday morning and then embarked upon many adventures. At this point, another family from IAG had joined us, so it was so fun to have travel buddies! Brian and Mabel are both nurses and have been through several kinds of adoptions, so they were great resources!
The region was very arid and more like a desert. The architecture was very different and much was done with this amazing stone from the mountains. The houses were mostly rectangle and covered in stone. The landscape designer in my husband couldn't stop taking pictures!
Our first stop was the IAG Care Center. We met the kids and took hundreds of pictures for the waiting families, delivered care packages and did lots of playing.
All of the pictures I had received of the girls were from families who had traveled and were kind enough to post pictures, so we wanted to return the favor! Unfortunately, I can't post pictures of this, because some of the waiting kids haven't passed court.
Every aisle had new wares
The following morning, we headed out with a driver to see a "rock church". Northern Ethiopia has churches that are over a 1000 years old and still used. These churches, built by the orthodox church, are incredible, hewn out of a mountain, everything is one large stone.
We thought it would be so close, but after twirling and climbing up a mountain, we learned why the locals said it would be hard to do in a day. :) We made it though and the way up was fantastic!
More houses. The girls were from a farming background, likely their house looked like this...
Okay, going to have to finish tomorrow, this is too much for one day!