Travelling with people who share your interests is a pleasure, so everybody was satisfied having visited just one monastery, and glancing at two more.
What else? Relaxation and staring at the surface of water in search of hippos (we’ve seen them!)
First part here: http://amusedobserver.com/en/ethiopia-part-1-bahir-dar/
Blue Nile source.
It was not easy to buy a ticket, not at all! When we turned up at the bus station and saw all those amharic letters on all the signs we felt desperate and so we approached a kiosk with a man inside. The crowd around was getting bigger and bigger and suddenly a thin man in a worn blue T-shirt jumped the queue.
“Sir, this is not your place,” Eliza reacted decisively speaking to the man in Polish. He turned round and seeing the expression on her face I guess he must’ve understood was was said as he gave out a laugh and moved back.
A moment later a French family joined us in the attempt of buying tickets for 13 birr each, not 50 birr as we were offered.
Well, we had time, lots of time in fact, so haggling was not a problem and about 45 minutes later we were on a bus carrying us towards the sources of the Blue Nile.
Guidebooks will tell you the view is disappointing and it had been much better before the dam was built. Now it’s simply boring and there’s nothing to see. Don’t listen to them, it might not have been the most magnificent view I’ve ever seen, but still it was pleasant enough.
The walk itself was interesting – through the fields, next to a very colourful market, past a tiny village, surprised by the taste of the first Khat leaves (a plant stimulant that makes you high).