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... which date back to the 13th century where the monks fled to avoid persecution over the years. On our way back we diverted to an area where our boat boy had sighted some hippopotamus and we were not disappointed. Nearby the locals were ferrying people across the lake on the locally made papyrus boats. They are quick and cheap to make, but only last 3 months. Unfortunately the wifi keeps timing so it has been impossible to send postcards or ...
We drove out to the Blue Nile Falls which was a bone jarring dusty road trip only to find that in the dry season, they are not that exciting! Nevertheless we did see a crocodile basking in the sunshine Despite being the worst road, it seemed to carry the most traffic with numerous dusty villages, water channels along the road, sugarcane farms, teff harvesting and eucalyptus groves. Being late in the afternoon, the entire villages seemed to congregate on the ...
There was a couple coffee huts set up at the top of the falls, so we had coffee while Mu visited old friends.
He'd gone to primary school with one of the men who was also having coffee.
This man had a three year old son and we played so much that he cried when I left :D
Some girls came in and Mu told me he'd known the one when she was a baby and had malaria.
He told me that when he was a kid he used to come ...
... The boy was called Thomas and once he knew that we had this in common I had no chance of brushing him off. I tried several techniques, the swift stop to take a picture, the lean into a conversation with someone else, the quick turn as if to change directions, but wherever I looked there was Thomas. The dreamy flute music that he was producing fitted the moment perfectly and after a while I stopped trying to lose him.
Mini showed me up by buying something ...
... kids who were all trying to ride one bicycle by the shore near us. They all stopped this doomed-to-fail exercise and waved at us with pure innocence as we floated towards the Blue Nile outlet. This is where one section of the Nile stops being a big puddle and starts snaking its way towards Khartoum in Sudan where it joins its long lost pal the White Nile. Of course, everyone knows what happens when two Niles get together, it proper kicks off and they go at hammer and ...