Roller Coaster

I haven’t blogged in a while, and a lot has happened since the last post. Needless to say, I’ve been on a roller coaster of unexpected events. This roller coaster ride began almost a month ago, when I went on a day trip with a few old and new friends to Kosoye, a scenic hike […]

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Last week marked the halfway point of my time here and it is surprising how fast it went! I was filling out the midpoint review for my practicum for discussion with Dr. Getahun and thought I might articulate some of the tasks that I’ve been working on for SCOPE since arriving. As a side note, […]

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The past couple of weeks have been restive and a little bit lonely. Lorenzo went to Addis for his visa renewal and it has been a very different experience doing things alone. I am definitely looking forward to Lorenzo coming back soon! Work is going well, and it feels like things are coming together quickly […]

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The past couple of weeks have been filled with movement. I think I became very comfortable with the structure and normalcy of waking up, working out, going to the office, lunch, office, returning home, movie with Lorenzo, dinner, bed, repeat. It sounds kind of boring written out that way, but because the work aspect has […]

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The Comfort Zone

Lorenzo here with another blog. I’ve been telling people that I’ve had an unusual amount of wet weather this year, having lived in Seattle for the first half of the year and arriving just in time for the rainy season here in Gondar. There are times when it is literally raining the whole day, with […]

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The Power of Food

Lorenzo here with another post. For those of you just tuning in, I’m an MPH student at the University of Washington (UW) currently in Gondar, Ethiopia. I’m here until December 2019 as one of two SCOPE fellows working with University of Gondar (UoG) staff on two maternal and child health projects, FLAME and LAUNCH. I’m […]

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Another couple of weeks have come and gone and I’m finding myself constantly surprised by how quickly time flies. Something that has been on my mind lately though is the idea of giving. While give and take are a normal part of life anywhere, the amount that other people have given to me, even in […]

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