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While Bryon is tilling the garden, I am nearly on the other side of the world. Instead of picking up my regular trusty camera and walking down past the chickens and apple trees I snap what whizzes past in the chaos that is daily life in Ethiopia’s capital with a pocket Point & Shoot. The first few days it looks like this–a jumble of cars, tin shacks, and people.Far From HomeMy driver honks to warn oncoming jaywalkers (one has a package perched on his head).Far From HomeHow do you handle the load? Far From HomeAny way that works.Far From HomeApparently there are no height restrictions on moving goods by truck.From where I sat (trapped in a van), it was difficult to photograph people as they went about their business. Local women cover their hair, and sometimes their faces. Far From HomeOnce when I ventured into the nearby market, one of the hotel staff offered to show me where to buy cheaper souvenirs. Perhaps he was only trying to be friendly, but I was alone and it made me uneasy.Far From HomeNear the souvenir market. Dogs are part of the neighborhood.Far From HomeAddis is changing. A lot of construction is underway:  shopping malls, luxury highrises, office buildings.Far From HomeA local grocery.Far From HomeBarricades separate construction sites from the traffic.Far From HomeYesterday we were running late, so our driver took a shortcut … Far From Home… through a construction zone.Far From HomeMetal shacks with satellite dishes:  that pretty much sums up the contradictions.

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