My parents are understandably a little concerned about my being in Ethiopia, and have thus expressed some relief that I am now moving onwards to Italy. Just a couple days ago, Al-Shabaab militant stormed a shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, Ethiopia’s southern neighbor. The Westgate mall fiasco was complete with hostages, a multi-day militant siege, and a collapsed parking deck. Frighteningly, those caught in the crossfire could have been anyone making the scene all the scarier. That all said, whether warranted or not, I felt safe with Harya and her family, whether that be traversing the capital city via minibuses or walking through crowded streets trying not to get lost.