Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
60Trip End Jun 19, 2009
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Bahar Dar is north of Addis Ababa, a 12 hour bus trip to be exact. It's on the shore of Lake Tana, Ethiopia's largest lake, which is famous for its lake monasteries and being the source of the Blue Nile, one of the sources of the Nile, which flows over 5200 km north to the Mediterranean Sea. One of the guesthouses in town, and a lot of private boat operators who charge a fortune, offers a boat trip to visit 5 of these monasteries. Many monasteries date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, but some were founded much earlier and may have been the site of pre-Christian shrines. Inside are mural paintings of various biblical scenes and artefacts like emperors crowns, ancient bibles, drums, etc.
One day I took the bus to Tis Abay (Nile that Smokes) a small village about an hour from Bahar Dar. There's a 30 minute hike to the Blue Nile Falls from town. The falls itself are not overly thrilling but the town and the people kept me busy while waiting over two hours for a bus back to Bahar Dar. You see buses here don't leave until they're full, there's no real schedule of when buses depart or arrive. So I sat and had a couple cups of coffee while chatting with some locals and watching village life pass me by.
Time is an interesting concept here in Ethiopia. They have their own time clock that they use. Sunrise (about 6:00 AM our time) is 12:00 in the morning. So 1:00 in the morning would be 7:00 AM, 2:00 in the morning would be 8:00 AM, etc. Sunset (about 6:00 PM) is 12:00 in the evening. So 1:00 in the evening is 7:00 PM. You get it? Good, because I still can't get used to it. Most people do use the "Western clock", but I have seen quite a few clocks around that use Ethiopian time. Right now the computer says it's 11:24, can you figure out what time it is?
Did you say 5:24? If so, you are correct!!!
I want to remind you how slow the internet is here and let you know that you probably won't be getting any personal messages from me in the next couple of weeks. I may actually not even update the blog for a couple of weeks until I get back to Addis. And to my Facebook friends...I will definitely not be logging on to my account for some time. This doesn't mean you should not write me, I am reading my emails every couple of days, but I probably won't respond until I get to the next country. I'm now in Gonder and will be going to the Simien Mountains in the next day or two for some trekking.
Wishing you well...
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