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To the Moon and Back

July 25, 2013

That's where I've been for the past two weeks! At least, it feels like I went all the way to the moon. In a span of 26 days, I boarded 12 planes. In addition to the trips around Ethiopia, last week I traveled home for friend Rachel's wedding in Buffalo. 

Most people thought I was absolutely crazy for flying all the way from Ethiopia for a wedding. However, it's my first time being IN a wedding, I've known about it for a year and I wouldn't miss it for anything. 

Some trip highlights included a few middle-of-the-night hours in the Dubai airport:

34 hours total on Emirates airplanes, where things like hot towels, personal video screens,

And stars on the ceiling helped make the hours pass just a little faster:

For a few days in DC, I ran, tanned, shopped, hung out with a few of my most favorite people in the world, went to Zaytinya (!!!) :

Drank margs:

Spectated Jimmy's softball game:

And gorged on blueberries, peaches, broccoli and fro yo.

It felt like just a minute in DC before we were off to Buffalo for the wedding. 

I left photography to the pro, but here are just a few glimpses into the weekend. Rehearsal on Friday:

Getting ready on Saturday morning:

It poured the entire morning, on the way, and during the ceremony.

But nothing could dampen this day!

The ceremony was perfect and as soon as they stepped outside for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Hibsch, the sun came out!

Cheers to that!

After some barn wedding photos, we headed to the reception and met up with the rest of the gang!

This was the first time ALL of my Cornell housemates have been in the same place since we graduated!!!!!!

So much love!

The next morning, we went for a quick run and started the long series of goodbyes.  14 hours later, I'd said a truly unbearable amount of farewells and was sitting teary-eyed at my gate in Dulles waiting to board the plane back to Ethiopia.

As soon as I returned to Addis, I traveled 2 hours southeast to the city of Adama (aka Nazaret), where I am currently helping with a work training until Saturday. I know there's a lot left to see and do in Ethiopia, but I'm simultaneously counting down the next 40ish days until home. :)

Talk to you soon about Adama!

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