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Ethiopia Travel
Date: 2014-04-01
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Bought Home in Austin, Texas
After settling into the Austin area for a year, we purchased a home that is within walking distance of parks and a good elementary school for the kiddos.
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Ethiopia Travel Highlights
  • airport went out of power a few minutes after I landed
  • we drove North through the Simien mountains, almost to Eritrea then South from Addis and then West from Addis… covered a lot of ground
  • at times it was 41 celsius in the shade and we were sitting in a vehicle without air conditioning in our jeans for 8 hours or more
  • passed no less than six overturned trucks on the road, and our own truck left the ground on a couple occasions, hit 5 birds and 1 cow (not injured)
  • got 4 flat tires, one at a time - one right after it was fixed because the repair shops are really just one kid with a hammer
  • getting gas required a search and negotiation across many towns each time we needed to fill
  • we’d pull up to a gas station and the conversation we’d say we need gas, and they’d say “gas?” as though that was a rare item
  • passed George Bush on a gravel road … he was in a small UN vehicle convoy and headed to the site we just left.
  • spotted baboons, monkeys, hyenas, camels, tortoise, horn billed birds, toucans, black and white spotted kingfisher, *many* exotic large birds
  • kids yell “China!” when seeing me because the word China is now slang for foreigner since those are the only kind of foreigners they see
  • now I know what Dad was saying when he said I’d get tired of injera - the flat spongey bread that is specific to Ethiopia. It is their staple food that they eat *every* meal usually with the same sauce.
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Changed Positions to Tolling Architect
After much consideration, I have transferred to the Delivery team to serve as the Tolling Architect for 3M MVSS (Motor Vehicle Systems & Services) division.
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Sold House in Kansas
After years of renting out my home in Shawnee Kansas, I finally sold. Have to close one chapter before you can open another. Closing was 8/29/2013
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Recent Travel & Photographic Events

2014-03-29 - Ethiopia travels by jeep - Traveling North from Addis Ababa almost to the border of Eritrea, then South and West. Travelled through the Simien mountains, to the source of the Blue Nile, Axum, Lalibela, Godino village, and other spots

2012-03-10 - New Zealand - From ChristChurch to Southern Alps, Milford Sound and Dunedin - Our first vacation away from Kai for a short romp through the Southern Alps. Encounters with sea lions, penguins, royal albatross, and numerous other birds...

2010-04-08 - Singapore - Sweat and shop, sweat and shop... - Lily decides to hit the beach before she becomes visibly pregnant. We hit all the big spots in Singapore and can't seem to avoid walking malls.

2009-11-02 - Thailand - Phuket and Phi Phi Islands - Swimming with the fishes near Phuket Thailand - Phi Phi Islands

2009-05-01 - Seoul, South Korea and the DMZ - In order to renew my Chinese VISA I needed to leave the country and re-enter customs... I decided to make a quick stop in Seoul, Korea and visit the DMZ...

2009-04-12 - China Wedding Travels with Family - A year after our legal marriage in America, Lily and I had a big formal wedding in Beijing with more than 100 guests. My mother came from New Mexico and father and his wife came from Switzlerland came to take part in the wedding and travel a bit of China with us.

2009-04-12 - Ben and Lily's Wedding in Beijing, China - Our formal wedding celebration at JunWangFu palace, Beijing, China. My parents came from overseas to take part in the ceremony with more than 100 of Lily's family and friends.

2009-01-08 - Harbin Ice Festival 2009 - A spontaneous decision to visit the far north city of Harbin, China to see one of the world's largest ice sculpting festivals. The temperature was -21 celsius with strong winds directly from Siberia (only a few hundred miles away)... the camera froze over with frost frequently.

2008-10-06 - Lhasa Tibet to Kathmandu Nepal - 48 hour train from Beijing to Lhasa, visiting remote areas of Tibet and then to Mt. Everest base camp and on to Kathmandu, Nepal by jeep. Tour of Nepal including Chitwan national park and Lumbini (birthplace of Buddha).

2008-09-03 - Overnight train to Datong and Wutai Mountains, China - Travel to Datong by train and visiting Xuan Kung Si "Hanging Temples" and YunGang Caves. Then travel by car to the Wutai Mountains and visiting many of the mountain-top temples there.