To the Garden of Eden
Trip Start Jun 17, 2008
14Trip End Jul 05, 2008
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I think airports will become one of my favourite parts of traveling in the next week. It's so interesting to see how things can be done differently. Our passports were checked almost as soon as we got out of the van, and the metal detectors and luggage scans were located immediately at the front entrance doors (however, you need to go through them again at your gate). We were all shuffled into a crowded room where they were serving pop and bread while you waited to board. No signs to follow, just a guy walking through shouting destinations every once in awhile. Before I really understood that this was the system, I thought I heard him call 'Bahar Dar' for the 2nd time, so I indicated that that's where we were going. He looked at me cheekily and asked if I wanted to go today or tomorrow? So we quickly ran down the stairs and jumped onto a bus that shuttled us out to the cutest little prop plane on the asphalt. Must learn to be more attentive in future trips...
Met by our guide Kashz at the airport we enjoyed a drive to our hotel. Lush palm lined roads and colourful singing tropical birds everywhere!
A drive out to the famous Blue Nile falls was only 30km, but took over an hour due to the rough roads and traffic (cattle, children, women carrying wood, donkey's pulling carts, etc.).
The falls where quite small due to it being the end of the dry season, and mostly brown rather than blue, but they were still beautiful to see.
Tomorrow it's a boat ride on Lake Tana to see some island monasteries.
Where I stayed