Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ethiopia and China Comparison

On our first trip to Ethiopia in 2009, we felt more like we were in China than in Africa.  It seemed as though everywhere we looked, there was something that was a mirror image of the land we call home.  On this trip, we made an effort to see Ethiopia as it's own place and soak up it's unique culture...
BUT...
the similarities were still striking.

Here's a look! 

Livestock in the Most Random Places
China--you can't see it, but there were all sorts of critters running around here
Ethiopia-sheep, goats, cows



 Construction Coverings
China--The covering serves as a covering until the building is ready to be "unveiled"
Ethiopia--it also serves to keep the debris from falling


Modern Malls
China

Ethiopia





Satellite Dishes
China
Ethiopia





Juxtaposition of Open Space and Mass Humanity
China
Ethiopia





Traffic
China 
Ethiopia





Sidewalks
China
Ethiopia--We've heard the sidewalks actually come from China





Bug-eyed Busses
China
Ethiopia



Tin Housing
China
Ethiopia





Other things we saw in Ethiopia
that remind us of China

We'll be working to find the comparison pictures sometime soon.
See the Chinese characters?  Yep, that's in Ethiopia!
High-piled trucks with someone sitting on top
Walk-over bridges in Ethiopia are actually built by and fashioned after the Chinese
Sifting through dirt to make concrete

2 comments:

Missy said...

This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love these pics and these comparisons. You have a good eye!

dajmommy said...

That's very cool to see so many similarities in the culture. Your kids will have a better understanding of their birth land when you can show them these kinds of pics. Good documentation!!!