My elder daughter is starting work on Master of Science, Biology. I got an email from her last night - I'm in Frankfurt, five hours into an 11 hour layover. I wanted to go into the city but got herded through security instead and they made me take everything out of my bag. I don't feel like going out in the pouring rain, figuring out how to buy a train ticket in German, possibly seeing something interesting, then getting back to the airport and doing the whole security thing again. If it was sunny I might go for it though. The town dates back to Roman times and I'd love to see Roman ruins.
Ethiopia has ancient ruins too, from the Axumite civilization that would have been around the same time as the Romans. It's a very historical country, I hope I can see lots of stuff as well as the geladas.
and another one this afternoon - Just letting you know I got here ok. No problems with customs and the hotel is fine. They have a great lunch buffet, lots of spicy Ethiopian stews with injera bread. We will have a least a couple of days in town to get permits and supplies, then it's on to Guassa. Addis is much nicer than most African cities I've been to. The traffic is not bad and people are really friendly. You can walk around and not be harassed much. There are supposed to be mangoes but all I've found have been underripe oranges.
I am not sure what I think of this, but I know better than to say anything.
I promised I would show you the x-rays I have taken at school.
This is the maxillary central incisors of Dexter 1. Translated into English, that means Dexter 1's two upper middle teeth.
We can't take x-rays of each other, so the school has 2 manikins, both named Dexter, with real teeth and bones, and we practice on them.
Each Dexter is only the head, with levers in the crown of the head so we can move the jaws to hold the bite block. With no neck, it is a bit of a challenge to make the apron covering his non-existent privates stay in place...
This is an x-ray of Dexter's lower central incisors. The white circles are some of the bolts that make him work.
By Christmas, I will have x-rayed all of the teeth of one Dexter or the other, and will be marked on them.
So far, I have a 94% average in all my tests, and I am settling in to school. I am starting to have fun with this!