We left at noon and arrived just before the appointed time for the gathering, 4pm. The gathering lasted for 3 hours and we left the St. Louis area just after 7pm. That put us back REALLY late. The kids went to sleep in the van around 10pm. My head hit the pillow some time after midnight. Either way, the girls were glad we made the trip. Levi actually tried the Ethiopian cuisine. It's a good thing the first round of food was not too spicy. He filled his belly with Zil Zil (which is like stir fry beef, onion, and green bell pepper). The second round, however, was pretty spicy. At that point, he was done! The kids' favorite part was the cake that was provided to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year.
Audra, Beti, Nardos, Levi, Tsegay, Almaz, and their son Simon.
Almaz gives Beti a Hug. So sweet!
Nardos - all grins!
Zil Zil and Injera (the bread).
Food is served on a large tray with Injera under it all - Nardos ate most of the Injera that was soaked with the juice from the meat.
Levi in his traditional Ethiopian shirt.
Beti loves POP!