Our last day in country began with our final presentation to IGAD. We discussed how our business plan has pivoted based on the experiences and meetings in the past week. Working with IGAD and Dr. Girum this week has been wonderful and the entire team was appreciative of the time and effort spend on their behalf.
Once the presentation concluded, the team split to visit the local museums and to Merkato, Africa’s largest market, for some final souvenirs. Street after street revealed more shops filled with trinkets, clothes, shoes, jewelry and happy, smiling vendors. While bustling and busy, the market was a fun adventure and provided a unique, authentic taste of Addis before we left.
After our final meal at one of our favourite restaurants, the team crammed all our business suits, scarves and souvenirs into our suitcases and made our way to the airport. After many, many, many security checks and endless lines, the team loaded onto the airplane for a full 24 hours of travel back to chilly Edmonton. What an unbelievable experience and an enormous challenge!!