We returned to the Guest House to reconnect with the rest of our family and group. We had lunch at the guest house again, and then went shopping again. Each time we got in the van, Ethan, our 8 year old, would groan. He started feeling motion sick almost immediately. He does not typically have this problem, but there really are not words to describe the driving and roads in Ethiopia. Fortunately, we had grabbed a number of air sick bags from the airplane, just in case. And so the majority of the time that we were in the van, Ethan had his head in a bag. In retrospect, this may have been a blessing. Ethan has an incredibly soft and compassionate heart towards the needy, and one of my concerns was how the poverty and all of the sights of Ethiopia would affect him. In fact, I told him before we left that Ethiopia was going to break his heart. Well, it turns out, I'm not sure he saw very much, and he was quite miserable, as well. In addition to Ethan's motion sickness problems, our traveling buddy Jen, has sympathetic sickness ... whenever anyone actually gets sick around her ... she will also get sick. As I was trying to relive this day, I couldn't remember why I was having such a hard time remembering what we did.
Evidently, I had blocked it out ... (if you have a weak stomach like Jen, you might want to skip this part ....) because at one point, Ethan sitting on one side of me actually started throwing up into his bag ... and simultaneously, Kenenisa, who was sitting on my other side (with no warning) started throwing up on the floor of the van. Then, Jennifer, who was sitting on the other side of Ethan, had to jump up and lean out of the window to try and keep herself from losing it as well. It was all so comical that I started laughing as my two boys were both throwing up around me. I felt badly because I think that Kenen thought that his crazy new mom was laughing at him while he was getting sick ... and he started to cry.
The rest of the day passed uneventfully. Here's a little video of some of Jennifer with some of the street kids, who Robel helps take care of, outside of the stores where we were shopping.
Hard to believe at this point, we only have two more days in this beautiful country.