This past weekend we took a little breather at one of our favorite retreat spots in Ethiopia, Aregash Lodge. It’s about an hour away from Awassa but light-years away from our crazy pace of life. There is no cell phone reception and no Internet connection. Just what Ben needs every once in a while to really disconnect from work.
Our little “tukul”
The food is delicious and they grow their own veggies and fruit and farm their own honey. And the juices…oh, the juices. Elaine was in heaven. They have strawberry, passion fruit, mango, guava, avocado, and papaya. Picked from their orchards and made to order. A little taste of heaven.
Some friends from Awassa joined us for the first night and then we had another night on our own. A perfect combination.
They serve dinner at around 7 and we could put Elaine down in our tukul and have a quite dinner on our own. I’m not going to lie, the thought did cross my mind of a hyena sneaking into the hut and stealing Elaine. It didn’t help that when we arrived an Australian lady was telling me “a dingo ate my baby!” stories. Know what I’m talking about?
Every evening they do this beautiful coffee ceremony and a cackle of hyenas (yes, it’s really called a cackle, I just looked it up) come out to join.
The staff that work at Aregash loooved Elaine and they swept her away while Ben and I played games and drank juice. It is such a different culture out here when it comes to babies and I certainly am embracing that part of it.
They also did some crazy things with her hair:)
We also fit in some beautiful hikes through the hills. It was just what the three of us needed.
The short rains have been going on and the grass is this florescent shade of green. It’s just beautiful. Thanks to the rains it was also super chilly. Ben was in heaven. Elaine and I were a little frozen. And thanks to a crazy rainstorm the first day that flooded our hut, the warmest thing Elaine had to wear was a fleece blanket until her clothes dried out. Good thing she likes being snuggled (by strangers only) these days. She is one bizarre kid.
Funny enough, a lot of big life decisions have been made at Aregash. And lots of healing and rest and escape have also happened there. This time was no different. There is a lot going on in our lives right now and sometimes it’s a little easier to hear God when the rest of the world is on mute and the we’re sitting on a mountainside in Ethiopia.
So thankful for weekends like that.