Now that I’ve lived at site for about three months I’ve finally put my house together. A mishmash of donated furniture, locally bought items, things I made myself and a classy plastic “marble” floor have made this cement shelter into something I actually felt was home when I walked in after 3 weeks away yesterday.
Welcome to my humble abode:
Home improvement projects still abound, but I’ve basically put together a space I can call my own. Here is the transformation.
Step one was getting flooring and furniture in:
Step 2 was getting my cooking off the floor. That was a good day:
Step 3 was extra life furniture (wardrobe, bookshelf, malaria net etc.) I was really proud of myself for getting unfinished wood and varnishing/painting things myself. Take that ferenji prices!!
Step 4 was adding some homey touches and wall decorations:
So all together:
So that’s where I’m living for the next two years. Not too shabby. Water is outside the compound and the shint bet (bathroom) is shared with everyone a few doors down. There’s a western toilet (what. up.) and a cold shower. I’m hoping to get a bamboo weaved basket to put random things in and I’ll probably put up another quote above the counter (suggestions welcome!). Future plans also include putting up my favorite photos that I’ve taken here around the Ethiopia map on the wall.
Sorry for the lack of posts these past few weeks, I didn’t realize I would be without internet during my conference so I’ll back on it soon!