Saturday, February 11, 2012

I'm going to Africa, I'm going to Africa!

"I'm going to Africa, I'm going to Africa!"

Flat Stanley is planning for his next trip.  Back to Ethiopia, then on to Djibouti at the end of the month.

He's excited; he loves to travel.  No problem for him, of course.  He sleeps in an envelope.

He's off to meet a friend he's never seen in person, a college fellow in Ethiopia.  They've exchanged emails but never met.  Cool stuff, huh.

Do you know where Ethiopia is?  It's a long way away.  It's 7,150 miles!  That's 11,500 kilometers; too far to walk.

Once you make it to Ethiopia, Djibouti is just around the corner.

Lots of sand around here.  :)

Update:  25 FEB; finally on my way.  I'm at the airport with all the other people.  The trip started at 4:00 AM this morning, and we'll get there tomorrow around 8:00 AM.  It's a long way to Africa. 

Update:  In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!  It's the capital city of Ethiopia.  Stanley connects with friends from a year ago!  They live kind of on the edge of the city.  That's their home in the background.  It's a poor neighborhood, but Stanley thinks that's where the nicest people live.  Certainly the friendliest!

We went back to the weaver's neighborhood, but everybody was gone.  The Ethiopian government tore down all the slums and relocated all the poor people who lived there to another area.  

Update:  In Djibouti now, Stanley visits the countryside.  Stanley, Todd, and an indifferent camel pose for the picture.  The trees are shaped the way they are because the camels eat the lower branches and leaves.

This is the foundation where Stanley's friends used to have their home.  It's gone now, and the people live in new housing the government built for them.

Stanley and friends look over the neighborhood where they live now.  It's very simple housing, but it's much nicer.


Erma said...

Can you take this internet Flat Stanley anywhere in the world and post it on FB? I'd love to do this.
Being a school librarian, I'm a Flat Stanley fan. Last year I took a picture of Flat Stanley beside one of our Indiana snowdrifts and mailed him back to my grandson in Pennsylvania.

TexasEx said...

Well Erma, Stanley's on his way back to Africa next week. Visiting friends in Ethiopia and in Djibouti. There'll be pictures on facebook, more than likely, and here too. Some fun, huh. :)

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