Well, Ethiopian Heritage Camp was great.
The people were wonderful, the location was lovely, there was Ethiopian music being broadcast all weekend long, and there were loads of things to do. Elsa was the youngest “camper” there, but there were quite a few young ones. And there were several pre-teen girls who were entranced by ANTME and wanted nothing more than to hold her and/or play with her. Which was awfully nice for me.
This is Sara, Elsa’s most fervent admirer, and a truly fabulous young lady.
There were folks there from as far away as Virginia (well, even further, if you count the Ethiopians!)
There was a fabulous Ethiopian food banquet Saturday night, followed by some traditional dancing. And for most of the days, there were tons of kids just running around and playing and parents enjoying coffee ceremonies and chatting. It was really fun.
Elsa didn’t do a lot of sleeping – too much excitement and stimulation to sleep! – so was pretty wiped out by Sunday. As was I. We did stop on the way home in Santa Cruz to see the fabulous Helga and family, which was great, too.
We will definitely go back next year. I’m looking forward to getting to participate in a few more activities as she gets older and I am less beholden to a nap (or rather attempted nap) schedule.
Not many photos, as I had both hands very full. But I did manage to take this (pretty crappy) little video, posted below. I was standing in the doorway of my room – Miss Elsa was attempting a nap at the time. It gives a snippet of the flavor of camp – be sure to turn the sound on so you can hear the music!