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... was about an hour and a half, and from the village we hiked towards the falls.
We crossed the Nile over an old Portuguese bridge, walked past young girls selling scarves and small leather purses, through fields of chat.
Chat is a plant that's popular in Ethiopia and Yemen.
People chew it, usually with peanuts because it tastes bitter and is pretty disgusting, and after you chew a LOT of it it acts as a mild stimulant.
... for that, except a local told me it's more of a sprinkler than a waterfall at this time of year, well it's worth the risk. Mini said he'd be up for it later so Mush and I had a little look around the market again. He bought some 'Mar' or honey, the family selling it were sweet, no hun-pun intended but the mother scooped out literally a handful of honey and gestured for us to try some by wiping some off her hand. It was a bit of a messy business but the honey was lovely, ...
... morning from Tel Aviv via Addis so were naturally knackered but were trying not to waste the day.
Mush and Mini were in town to give a quote for an all inclusive cleaning service for a new 17 storey hotel overlooking Lake Tana. Their priority was not Monasteries and speed boats so I said I'd chip in with the Israelis to reduce the price of a boat trip and meet the others later.
We clambered into the average sized boat and dodged tankwas (traditional canoes made ...
After spending our first few days in Addis, it was time to begin the northern circuit. Travel guides suggest a comfortable three week itinerary, with stops in 6 cities. Faced with a limited amount of time, Alex and I planned to complete this circuit within two weeks. However, after our first day commuting we immediately realized our plans were overly ambitious, as the “ideal” three week itinerary requires 10 full days of transit. We were in ...
... in the grounds. Some of the women have a crucifix tattooed on their forehead. Despite this, many of the monasteries don't allow women!
Heading back to Bahar Dar we visited the source of the Blue Nile where it starts its 5223 km journey from the Lake to the Mediterranean. The resident hippos were not to be seen!
I met Angie for a late lunch in a local restaurant opting for their Fasting Menu. It comprised of ...