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  • The Final PostWords chosen carefully. So much to say, but maybe nothing needs to be said. The stories never end Have imagined this final post a few times over recent weeks. It isn't going to be anything like what I expected. Thought upon leaving Arba that Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 15, 2019
  • Birds, Faces[i]For those who have consumed every word of this blog, I have included a "postscript" to the post called 'Exit Arba Minch & Birds' It is my very last clinical story which I have included because it is important to Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 14, 2019
  • Lalibela Part 2An early morning walk revealed the remarkable terrain that surrounds Lalibela. [img=https://photos.traveller Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 14, 2019
  • LalibelaIn the north of Ethiopia is Lalibela, famous for its rock-cut monolithic churches. It is one of Ethiopia's holiest cities and biggest attractions for visitors.. The surrounding landscape is mountainous with intervening farmland. The overall level of pov Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 14, 2019
  • Fundraiser: OutcomeThrilled to feedback that the fundraiser to support the Charity Fund of the Pediatric Ward of Arba Minch Hospital raised $8000. Every cent of this money will arrive into the fund in $US dollars. Chatted to Dr Aynelam at the final dinner. Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 13, 2019
  • GondarEthiopia has three major 'empires' prior to the establishment as Addis as capital. Axum was first, Lalibela and then Gondar. The Gondar period begins in the 16th century. Am now in the very north of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border. Arose pre-sunri Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 12, 2019
  • Exit Arba Minch & BirdsFor regular followers of the blog, it hasn't quite finished. There will be 6-7 more posts which will cover these few days of travel, a fundraiser update and a final wrap-up. Hang in there. The grace and care shown by my colleagues Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 12, 2019
  • The Final DayWarning: This post contains graphic words and photos of 'sentiment. Probably too much for anybody. Read at your own peril Received word from Mengistu on Tuesday letting me know there was a small program being organised for Thursday. Had alread Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 11, 2019
  • The hills behind ArbaSadness prevails tonight. Was overwhelmed by the final farewells today. Will blog this in the coming hours. Call this post "intermission". Since I arrived, I have wanted to climb the hills behind Arba. None of the locals seemed to have done this so Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 10, 2019
  • AMGH: Last Clinical Day Part 2Will lead with a quick note that this wasn't my last clinical day. Each time I walk back into the Hospital, I can't help but get caught up in the action. The guys are quick to ask which is a joy. Dr Aynelam Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 9, 2019
  • Arba Minch General Hospital: Last Clinical Day Part 1Warning: This entry contains graphic images and disturbing stories that may distress. Not for children especially. Also a long post. It contains the clinical stories of my last day. It feels important (for me) to capture this detail. This entr Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 8, 2019
  • Gates & FacesBit of a panic in the world of this blog. Am counting down the days till I leave Arba and have a backlog of posts. Just an update as the blog is a little behind. Last Friday was my last official day Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 7, 2019
  • Konso: The Research Project: Part 3 Today we are mobile by 7am. Some of the guys were up at five to go to the Konso market which is known across Ethiopia for its "contraband". Mostly this is goods that have been brought up from the south, across Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 5, 2019
  • Konso: The Research Project: Part 2[i]Getting new technology into Arba was one of the primary aims of this project. In order to get the new mobile system, there were a few commitments I needed to make. One of these was around research and publication. Across my Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 5, 2019
  • AbebeInternet tonight has been appalling so unfortunately, no Konso as promised. Also a quick look on facebook will show that it was my last 'official day' today. There were a couple of final patient moments that really challenged my leaving. The response Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 4, 2019
  • Konso: More than just a research projectQuick hi tonight. For the last two days I have been in Konso on a research project. No internet. Pretty weary so can't manage a long post tonight but can manage a quick yarn from today. Tis an amazing project to be part Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 3, 2019
  • AbebeTonight just the tiniest of stories. Its a story that unfolded for me like a parable. A simple act of grace. Abebe is a shoe cleaning man. He works on the main road outside of the hospital. Imagine a guy in his Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Oct 1, 2019
  • Monday night musingsMonday evening here. The local orthodox church is making a resounding noise in my left ear. Am not quite sure whether it is cicadas or tinnitus in my right ear. Actually will run with cicadas. Despite being very humid and 27deg (the Manor's Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Sep 30, 2019
  • Closed for businessHave awoken on the last two mornings to e-mails telling me of donations to the Arba Minch Pediatric Ward Charity Fund. To everyone who has contributed, a huge thanks. I will respond to each donation individually, but for the moment I am Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Sep 29, 2019
  • MeskeleIn the darkness, I'm surrounded by a flood of candles, chanting, singing, laughter and chatter. Am very alone but so much at one with the throng. A young intern rushes up to me, white teeth beaming in the darkness. "Hello, hello... Are you Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Sep 28, 2019
  • Announcing a fund raiserA few folk have asked in recent times as to whether they can support this project or the people of Ethiopia in some way. From the outset, I have been firm in my conviction that I would only ask or raise Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Sep 26, 2019
  • The CompoundFeels like January here. There was a celebration for the New Year and now the Festival of Meskel. [i]Meskel celebrations commemorate the discovery of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Accordin Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Sep 26, 2019
  • Sad NewsAll I can lead with is that I have had some really sad news. With despair, I report that while I was in Nairobi, the little baby girl who had the pylorus surgery passed away. A few tears were shed when Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Sep 25, 2019
  • The Ethiopian GreetingFor some months I have been planning this post. The time has come. Western society has a major problem. (Actually many problems) But the problem I am referring to is an unassailable truth. The way we greet each other is archaic, paternalistic Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Sep 24, 2019
  • From the heart of Arba Minch HospitalMengistu bounds into the ultrasound room as his way. Such a positive guy. How are you I ask? "So good" he says with his beaming smile. How are you "How was Kenya? he engagaes me as I am scanning a patient. "Teaching Posted by pedrotravels in Ethiopia- The Next Part | Sep 23, 2019
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