The rainy season is just beginning in Addis Ababa. Most days are a mix of bright sun and rain. If it rains in the morning, it is usually sunny in the evening, and vice versa. It is still quite beautiful here though, not too hot, not too cold. Because the weather is usually nice, I take the 20 minute walk to and from school. I am living in an apartment with a roommate who is also a teacher at the school.
There is a great group of teachers I have been hanging out after school and on the weekend. My roommate and her friends mostly. Most days after school a group goes to “the local” or someone’s house to chill. It has been nice to have more of a social life here after feeling quite isolated in India and Oman from time to time. On Friday night we ended up at an expat house party. From what I gathered, the crowd was made up of N.G.O. interns, volunteers, teachers, hip young professionals, and a group of locals. The drinks were flowing plentifully and the 90s tunes were bumping. Good times.
There are less than two weeks left of school at ICS and I will be here up through the last day. Things are wrapping up. The teachers and students are feeling it. It is cool for me to come in at the end of the year to these music classes and add something a little bit different. The middle and high school choirs have been finishing up and recording their songs this week which has been awesome so far. The third graders have finished writing their blues songs and we will be rehearsing for their performance on the last day of school.
The students here: wow. They are constantly blowing me away with their creativity and curiosity- especially the elementary schoolers. You can definitely tell that asking excellent questions is something that is pushed early on here. International school students have their own set of issues, usually due to moving around so much, but generally speaking these students seem to have things together. ICS is a great place to be!
Audio and video of the songs from Addis coming soon.
Until next time,