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... an hour from Bahir Dar, so the driver pulled over and made us all get in another, super cramped minibus.
But at least it had stopped raining so my backpack, which was on top of the van, had a chance to dry out a little (another good reason I keep all my clothes in freezer sized ziplock bags!)
When I got to town I was swarmed at the bus station, and one guy with dreads walked with me to the hotel.
I checked in, and the managers ...
... was starting to get into the journey until we got pulled over by the good ol' po-po. Documents were not in order and the driver had to pay a fine, or bribe, who could tell?
The young cop with a large gun looked like a toddler with a bazooka and about as capable of using it as I would be. Oh well, the roadside business completed and we were back on the road.
When we got to the Falls, the full brunt of the 'faranji pricing' system became apparent. I, with ...
Waking up surrounded by a mozzy net always makes you feel like you've been moved into quarantine while you slept. I couldn't even stretch my arm out to turn my irritating phone alarm off. There was no hot water but a cold shower suited me fine and I washed and made my way to the hotel's restaurant for some more traditional coffee. It was served in a uniquely shaped ceramic coffee pot that rests on a woven stand, on top of a bed of grass, which in turn was on top of a metal ...
Faff faff faff, what a bunch of faffers! 'Please arrive at 4.30' I had been told when booking my bus ticket, then the guy at the guest house told me to get there for 4.45, the taxi was late and I got there for 5 but I was still 45 minutes early. The Selam Bus staff had us all lined up as if we were going through airport security then we stood there in the cold while they made a song and dance about bugger all. We finally got on the bus at 5.35 ...
... english speakers. Maybe we did need help - so back to the crowds!
We were taken from one bus to another and each time we were assured "this is the right bus, this will take you to Blue Nile," but every time another local would say, "no, it is over here!" Through this confusion, Alex grew doubtful and decided it might be best to call off our trip, but this was our initiation to local transport, so I suggested we better learn sooner than later!