The Adventure Of A Lifetime (For Me)!

Mahdi and I enlisted two partners (and friends), Billy and Casey, early on in our business who shared our passion for creating a socially responsible business. The four of us decided that we needed to travel to Somaliland to meet with the harvesters of the frankincense. We wanted to understand how this resin was obtained, meet the people who had been doing it for centuries upon centuries, and build a bridge from Somaliland to Vermont, so to speak. Mahdi and I had planned on meeting our two partners in Hargeisa, and we set out on our adventure…the long way. We decided to fly into Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and drive from there to Hargeisa, Somaliland. This drive across East Africa was hands down the most eye opening, amazing adventure for a girl from Maine who had never set foot in Africa before. Especially since we took public buses the whole way. The unbelievable landscapes, the kind people, the dusty winding roads, the mechanical problems, the “sand tornados” in the vast desert, the pesky baboons, the curious stares at the lone American girl…all of it made for a truly unforgettable experience. Continue reading “The Adventure Of A Lifetime (For Me)!”