I will be away from my office in Addis Ababa from Saturday August 22 to Thursday August 27. Chris and I will be escaping the rainy weather with a trip to Kenya, Chris’s old Peace Corps stomping ground. We’re finally getting around to that thing people do in East Africa – a safari. We’ll be peering through binoculars on game drives through the Maasai Mara by day and retreating to tented camps by night.
Let’s be frank: I’m no runner. I’ve never had the special shoes or the Fitbit or the love of pain to really get into it. Yet here in Addis Ababa, I’ve just signed up for a trail run called Ethiotrail. I skipped the 12k option and went straight for the half marathon as my goal for August 9 (i.e. four weeks from now). Is that crazy? Probably. Good idea anyway? I think so. Here’s why:
When I walk down the street in my new neighborhood in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, there’s no blending in. I’m a blatant ferenji (foreigner). The diplomatic capital of Africa sees its fair share of ferenj, but still, my otherness seems to invite shout-outs. After offers of “taxi!” the most common call I hear is “how are you!”
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