Sometimes life surprises me. This morning included. I was unhappy about having to wake up at 5:15 am for work. I am NOT a morning person. I grudgingly got out of bed and cursed my job all the way there because I was cranky, not caffeinated, and cold. My morning went from bad to amazing. I was invited to celebrate Ethiopian New Year in the West End where I work and it was one of the best experiences I've ever had.
From fresh roasted coffee beans, to traditional Ethiopian cuisine, my whole morning got better and better. They were welcoming, caring, happy and giving. They've ruined coffee for me forever because now all I want is that fresh roasted Ethiopian dark, rich goodness. I might have a new obsession.
Not only did I get to indulge in food, but I was able to learn about an entirely different culture from my own. One of the strangest but most pleasant experiences was when we all sat down to eat. A sign of love and respect in their culture is to feed someone. I have never been hand fed and while uncomfortable at first, it became a really rewarding experience. To feel included in their family and community was unlike anything I've ever experienced.
I'm so lucky that through work I get to have my eyes opened to so many cultures. The neighborhood we work in is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the city and I've been fortunate to learn so much about so many people.
Filipino, Indian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Somalian, Korean, Lebanese, Chinese, and the list goes on and on. I would never have had these experiences were it not for my job and I'm so thankful for that. It's days like today that keep me going.
Thank you Gohe (pronounced go) for allowing me to be there while you were interviewed on Breakfast Television. It was a wonderful morning.
Gohe is located at 533 Sargent Ave and I highly suggest a visit! My favorite cuisine and some of my favorite people.