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Farewell to Family & Ethiopia !

DAY 30

Our last day was hectic !

We collected Tia's Mum and sister and visited the relative who took Tia to the orphanage.
We had met him 8 years ago and it was great to meet his family.

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His daughter did Tia's hair and after we all had a traditional lunch of injera and shiro she helped us with bartering for some traditional dresses for Tia and her friend Sophie.
Typical of Ethiopia we found out later she was bartering at her Uncle's shop !

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With some money kindly donated by Paulin at The Cottage by the Sea we were able to buy Tia's mum some things she didn't have - a pillow, a sheet and a blanket.
Thankyou Paulin !

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We said goodbye to Shibere and Zebideru at the same spot where we had met them for the first time exactly 4 weeks before.
The pressing last day timetable and the lack of privacy on the crowded street made it feel very sudden, short and brutal.
There were lots of tears and then they were gone.

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We finished the day by visiting Yared's family at their new house.
Eight years ago Yared had one baby boy and lived in a shared compound, renting two tiny rooms with no kitchen and no bathroom.
Through hard work, mainly with Australian adoptive families, he now has his own 3 level house in a new development and has 2 more sons.
He has to carry a big stick when he walks to his car in the morning to fend off hyenas that come down from the hills behind.

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At 9 PM Yared took us to the airport and the ensuing third world chaos at check in was an adventure in itself !

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Posted by tia-saz-fitz 17:00 Archived in Ethiopia

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