an extraordinary day in rainy addis. we literally walked through a construction site to get across the road and nearly got run over by a speeding bulldozer. drove up to sheromeda market and got drunk & giddy on handwoven scarf designs, zoomed over to piassa for lunch at kiyab cafe, strolled through endless mazes of silver jewels & crowns, surprisingly ran into the amazing Melaku Belay, just back from his tour in europe, at government-run fabric shop, decided we'd share some life chats & sugar highs at beit baklvah & chai, replete with my favorite kenny rogers portraits & other weird 70's paintings (see background), and then dashed over to tamoca for bags and bags of fresh roasted coffee & postcards. an amazing day! for every weird, difficult moment, there were hundreds more of goodness -- including amharic lessons to go & Long Live the Girls sticker exchanges that made everyone happy. addis, i love you!