Ethiopia is amazing. It was a major culture shock the first time we went. There's little shanty towns everywhere, people don't have anything...often including clothes or shoes or (fill in the blank) and the things you see really make you wonder if you're safe. Then we got out there and started meeting the people, talking with them, and you quickly realize that despite having "nothing" these are some of the happiest people you will ever meet. So cool and such an eye opener. As part of our first trip there (we've been there a couple times) we drove to the southern part of the country where our son was from so we got to see a lot of the country. The scenery was amazing, seeing the wild animals was super cool and again, the people made the trip one to remember. As crazy as it was, once they found out you were American, they loved you. In our discussions with them, they said they don't like Europeans much because of past history of European countries trying to rule Ethiopia. So they're a little cautious at first, then they'd find out we're Americans and suddenly we were their best friends they hadn't seen in a long time . Then they'd find out we were there to adopt and once again, they loved us for that. Despite being extremely happy people, it seems like most wish they could come to America, so when they'd find out we were giving that chance to someone, they were all about it. It was pretty cool to see.Curious to hear about Ethiopia.
We are staying close the Notre Dame... I will have to find this place and report back!If you are standing facing Notre Dame cathedral there is a side road to the left. Follow it a ways down to a gelato shop that shapes the gelato like a flower. Eat a gelato there and get a macron on top. After you are finished, eat another one. The best Gelato we had through all of Europe including Italy and trust me I ate my share everywhere we went ;-)