Castles in Gonder & the Road to Bahir Dar
Trip Start Apr 08, 2010
113Trip End Mar 11, 2011
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The morning was action packed with sightseeing in Gonder, which was the capital of th country for 250 years starting in 1635.
The second stop was King Fasil's Pool, which had the king's second residence built right in the middle of it (so the pool flooded the first floor of his building when it was filled with water). The pool is currently empty and the residence is under reconstruction funded by the Norwegian government. Most of the workers are women, because Norway wanted to give them the opportunity for jobs. Unfortunately while we were there a worker fell off of the scaffolding (I've thought from the first day that the stick-scaffolding was scary!) -- we think he had broken some ribs. Fortunately having an entourage was helpful and my guide/driver were able to carry him out and found a driver from their company to take him to the medical clinic. Definitely a bit scary (he couldn't really breathe).
The last stop...a bit hard to focus on given the prior events...was at Kuskuam, a palatial complex overlooking town, that was constructed by Queen Menteweb.
I got to walk around Gonder quite a bit in the afternoon -- it was really nice, because I didn't get quite so much attention in the bigger city...I could actually explore.
Later in the day we drove to Bahir Dar,on Lake Tana (the biggest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile). The drive was really pretty, through rice fields and sugar cane farms fed by lake water.