Hello from northern Ethiopia! A VERY early flight, another Tangerine Tango
bus waiting for us, and off we went in the countryside.
Immediate changes: dusty rock-strewn roads, small villages and views out the window of a life that well could be thousands of years ago, instead of today. Very primitive plows pulled by oxen and scenes that look positively Biblical!
We left the bus at this village and hiked for an hour to the Blue Nile Falls; the Blue Nile flows south and eventually joins up with the White Nile in Khartoum.
It was very hot and very dusty, just perfect for a cold local beer with lunch.
Then we took an hour long boat ride on Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia.
The lake is dotted with islands, and on these islands are many monasteries.
We were headed for
Ura Kidan Mehret monastery and resident gift shops. We walked several miles up
an incredible stone-paved path
to the monastery.
16th century religious paintings
Back on the boat for a sunset ride back...
Long, wonderful day!