Posted by: Kristin W | December 21, 2011

Day 7 – Wednesday

Today we took a break from parenting (you know, when you have four kids, you just have to make some time for each other…) and went on a city’s tour of Addis Ababa.  We went to Mount Entoto, where the former palace and church were; to the National Museum, which houses the remains of Lucy, one of the oldest skeletal remains of an upright walking human; Trinity Church, where the last Emperor Haile Selassie’s tomb is; lunch at Lucy Cafe; the Ethnographic Museum on the campus of Addis Ababa University, which had a representation of the huts that A and H would have lived in in Afar; and the Mercato, the world’s largest market.  I lack the vocabulary to describe any of these things to you, but of all the things on this list, I would mark the Ethnographic Museum as the only “must do” for adoptive parents.  It has information about all the customs and rituals of the various tribes and depending where your kid is from, you will likely find some new information about their lives.


View from Mount Entoto

National Museum

Remains of Lucy

What Lucy would have looked like - about 3.5 feet tall

Watkins Family...can't keep us away from Higher Education

Merkato Madness

We came back this afternoon and had some play time before dinner and the last night of “Adoption Camp,” as Andrew likes to call it.  We have been here with 9 other families (two just showed up in the last 24 hours), and it has been amazing to share this experience with them.  We came from all walks of life and ended up here together in this strange and unpredictable process, and I hope that we continue to bring laughter and support to each other throughout the coming years.  Congrats to those of you who are going home with your families, and to the court folks, I hope we will meet again in Addis sometime soon.



  1. One of the (many) things I look forward to about traveling is the opportunity to do so with a group of other families going through the same process. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for the tip on that museum – it definitely sounds like a must-see.

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