August 2011, San Francisco. During the last days before moving our household to Addis, when Thor and I communicated mostly in grunts and gestures, London street artist Ben Eine rang the bell. A rising star, Ben thought he might like to paint our west wall. “Yes.” “Go, paint!” we yelped happily. Ben’s creation ‘literally’ caught the vibe of our upcoming travels and the delightful revival of Hayes Valley. During those zany days, we held the image as a happy talisman of our decision to break out and explore the Horn of Africa. Learn more about Ben at www.einesigns.co.uk.