Since I've been here over a year I've pretty much of settled into daily life. I expect that most UMC Ethiopians and Ferenges have a life kind of like mine. This brings up Denise, the writer of 'Destination Ethiopia,' my favorite Ferenge Ethiopia Blog (especially now that Meskelsquare is a Sudan blog). She works in an orphanage and gets by on very modest means. Go read her experience of buying a bed, curtains and a blanket. Go ahead, I'll wait.
(Cliff notes version: it takes her three days, many taxis, mini-busses, late nights, help from friends, exhaustion, endless hassle, many shops, etc.)
When I wanted a bed, I walked six blocks to the bamboo furniture guy in Rwanda. I handed him some bills and the next Saturday he delivered a bed. Took 1/2 hour and pleasant walk in my neighborhood. When I wanted some sheets and a blanket I asked Woinshet (the housekeeper) "will you please go buy a blanket and some sheets for this bed?" Took maybe 30 seconds.
This has been a sobering and somehow humbling experience to do this comparison.