A very long day in the field and my heart is full.

Even though it poured and I was cold, wet and covered with mud, I couldn’t help but feel thankful. As I received a ride on the back of a boda boda (motorcycle), I was so happy.

I was surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. The hills are the greenest green and the scent of some fragrant flower and the gentle waft of wood smoke reminded me of my grandmother’s house.

I’ve learned that as a firengi in Ethiopia, I’m a curiosity which results in small children running in terror or wide smiles, screams and shouts as I wave furiously with both hands.

I’ve overwhelmed with the events of the day and my mind is swirling with so many thoughts, but what I can share is that we are all one humanity. People love being connected and by learning about culture, religion, fears, dreams, and hopes, we can reduce prejuidce, change perceptions and what we think should be, and realize that love is the greatest gift we can share.