I was planning a trip to Ethiopia to visit my friends at Drawn from Water. Everything was ready. I've been needing to take some time away, I wanted to visit good friends who I haven't seen in a long time, and I wanted to find out about ways that we can help them.
I had my tickets. I was set to leave on the 19th.
And then I found out that India has changed its visa regulations completely. If I leave now, I won't be allowed back into the country for two months, even though I am on a five year visa. It has never been this way before, and Chinua has been in and out to Amsterdam, Turkey, and Israel since we've been here. But, everything has changed, and the timing wasn't the greatest.
It goes without saying that I can't take a two month vacation from my family. So I won't leave until we are ready to be gone from here for two months or more; probably not until this summer.
I'm adjusting and getting over it. I only cried a little. I will still be going away for a little rest, probably somewhere close by, but not getting a whiff of another place, which is what I felt I needed. I'm sad that I'm not going to see my friends. I really, really was looking forward to it.
I just watched this about the earthquake Haiti and my heart broke. It is an important part of being human to be able to put yourself in the place of someone else and imagine what it must be like to be them. In a time of loss my troubles begin to reveal themselves as very small, very normal troubles.
You can give to the relief effort here, and find a larger list of possible places to donate here. It is a beautiful thing when people around the world can get behind their brothers and sisters in a time of tragedy.