Seen in and around Adama.
We were picked up early in the morning by a driver and an AAI social worker to go to Adama, also known as Nazret. This is the place where Ella's story began. We wanted to go there and get as much information as possible for her to have as she grows.
On the way to Adama, we stopped to eat breakfast at a restaurant on Lake Bishoftu. It was a beautiful, serene place...very calm and peaceful. We ordered french toast and Joan and I agree, it was the best french toast we've ever eaten
After breakfast we drove to Adama, which is in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. It is a desert, but not exactly like the deserts in Qatar. Not as sandy...just dry. It is a big city with lots of businesses and activity going on, not unlike Addis. We went to the hospital in Adama that cares for abandoned children and met two young women that cared for her when she was first brought there. One of them was the person that named our sweet baby, Wubeski. I asked what her name meant, because we haven't been able to find out for sure. It is an unusual name. She said it means "Who is beautiful like you?" Such a fitting name for our beautiful baby. We still call her Wubeski a lot of the time.
This young woman (Meskerem) spent most of the day with us. She helped carry Wubeski and loved on her. I could tell that she really cares about the babies and children that are brought into the hospital care center.
When we left Adama, we went to Sodere, which is a hot springs resort area in Ethiopia. There are also lots and lots of monkeys roaming wild and free around the area. It is strange, as I had only seen monkeys in cages before. We walked through the resort area, among all the monkeys and saw the hot springs pools. We had our lunch here and drove back home.
We found out some information about Wubeski's story, most of which will remain untold. It is her story to tell if she wants to when she is old enough to understand it. I wish we had been able to find out more.
Ella was so good on the long drive and slept a lot, but she was also a little feverish and we began to think she had an ear infection (which was later confirmed by the doctor at Wanna)
Back at the guest house we spent time getting to know the other families that were staying there. We would stay up late at night talking and laughing until the wee hours of the morning.