Traveling when you can't leave the house
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
I'm just trying to cope with all the changes in the past week. I have no idea how we got to this point or how this will end, so I'm just going to leave some notes here as a way of coping and hopefully bringing a little levity to a horrible situation.
Travelers have been hard hit by physical isolation and pleas to stay at home. There are only so many times I can "travel" to the balcony before packing my bag and moving inland for a homestay in my bedroom. Plus the locals (my 2 and 4-year-old) are starting to get restless, making every second of my room to room travels this past week anything but tranquil. The bathroom with a locked door is the only true place I can self isolate for a few gloriously peaceful minutes.
Like many of us, we've decided to make the best of it and start doing some travel-themed activities to lighten the mood, reflect back on better times, and remain hopeful for the future. To start, we're doing a different meal each night from a country we've visited.
Tonight it's Ethiopian cuisine! We went to Ethiopia on a bit of a whim. We were headed in that general direction, couldn't get a visa for the next country on our list, got a random recommendation for the Simien Mountains, and off we went. As is so often the case with traveling, this detour became one of our favourite places ever. Addis, the Danakil depression, Lalibella, the people, the music, the dancing...amazing.
And of course the food! When we landed it was Lent for the first few weeks when many Ethiopians give up meat. My wife is not a big meat eater, so this was perfect. We had lots of different flavors and creative vegetarian dishes with our injera everywhere we went.
After Lent, well not so much. Ethiopians love goat. Like love it. Like piles of goat carcasses littering the street the second Lent was over and narry a vegetarian dish to be found anywhere.
So we're trying some injera with some amazing Ethiopian vegetarian dishes. Check out this website if you want to try some at home as well.