WE LOVE GUEST BLOGS - ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY CAPTURE THE SPIRIT OF "COSMOPOLITAN KIDS"! BELOW IS A GUEST BLOG FROM MRS. NICHOLES, MOM OF FOUR AND BLOGGER. HER FAMILY TOOK A "TRIP" TO ETHIOPIA RIGHT IN THEIR HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO. PLEASE MAKE HER FEEL WELCOMED AND ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HER BLOG HOUSEFUL OF NICHOLES. WE HOPE SHE WILL COME BACK AND TELL US ABOUT HOW HER UPCOMING "TRIP" TO GREECE !!!!
Just a LITTLE background about the country and then I will share the photos of what we did with our time. Ethiopia
- They are a landlocked country located in the horn of Africa
- This is the birthplace of COFFEE! So all you java nuts - embrace this country!!
- Amharic is the main language and consists of seven different groupings of 33 characters a piece. And it is read like the Chinese language.
- Was a monarchy until recently and the change in flags denotes that.
So, we began our trip with a visit to the Ethiopians Art and Culture Museum which was free in Chicago (as most cultural museums are) and all it took was a phone call to schedule a tour to see all of their artifacts. This museum is housed in the Ethiopian Cultural Association of Chicago which also helps out Ethiopian refugees, has an after-school program and countless other programs to help benefit the Ethiopian population in the city. After our tour of the museum, we went to a restaurant by the name of Ethiopian Diamond and immersed ourselves in Ethiopian fare. It was DELICIOUS! Here are some photos from our day at the museum and lunch:
|Traditional Clothing worn by different tribes in the country.|
|A coffee presentation. It is a very important ceremony in the Ethiopian culture.|
|Interesting story - this is a bed of a married couple. That is a cows hide on the bed. The members of the village compete for the best decorated cow hide to present the newly married couple with as it will be their first time consummating marriage.|
|The traditional skillet to cook injera.|
|Agricultural tools. Used to pick cotton and then spin it.|
|Musical instruments. Made from animal skins and wood.|
|Balance to weigh cotton.|
|Traditional religious drum.|
|Tea pots, honey wine containers and plates.|
|Water jugs and cups.|
|Lunch containers of Ethiopian cowboys. The largest one is for days where the cowboy is out for the entire day.|
|Large mortar and pestle - for grinding corn and other grains.|
|Another form of a mortar and pestle - two rocks of varying sizes.|
|Wedding coat for a bridegroom.|
|The ladybug looking at an Ethiopian mural.|
|Hunting tools. The large white artifact is a shield.|
|Fly swatters made out of animal hair.|
|Ammunition belt in the background with a crocheted slingshot in the foreground.|
|The ladybug with our tour guide.|
|Honey wine! This stuff is potent - however, the children are allowed to drink it at the discretion of their parents.|
|Our appetizers: Beef, lentil, spinach and chicken sambusas|
|The ladybug and the Cellist.|