Swimming At the Sheraton

Thanks to Grandpa and Grandma Howe, we enjoyed our 2nd annual Christmas swim at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa. We feel a bit like Jesus’ disciples must have in the Bible story–a bunch of country bumpkins walking into the capital and marveling at the construction of this magnificent place.

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I didn’t get a good picture, but the area directly behind the marble gazebo (right) is a slum. Though there is much construction happening all around, the Sheraton feels like an artificial island in the midst of the “real world” of Addis.


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The warm weather doesn’t “feel” like Christmas time, but the decorations were welcome sites!

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The cousins and Grandpa Vail

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Relaxing, Resting

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