I don't like Addis at all. It's big, noisy, crowded, expensive and it rains every day. However, the Kenyan Embassy is there and we needed an East African Visa which is valid for´Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Fortunatly in Addis there is also a Hilton.
Tis-Issat is a small village 30 kilometers south of Bahir Dar. The dirt road there can be quite muddy in the rainy season but it’s flat and straight all the way to the village. At the end of the road are the water works gates and to the left is the ticket office for the Tis-Abay, or Blue Nile Falls.
Bahir Dar is the capital of Amhara and third largest city in Ethiopia. Many tourists, both foreign and national are attracted by the nearby overflow where the lake empties itself into the Blue Nile, the Falls at Tis-Issat and the numerous island monasteries of Lake Tana.
Gebra Maskal (Servant of the Cross), of the Zagwe dynasty, ruled from 1119 to 1159. As a baby a swarm of bees gathered around him thus prophesizing his future as Negus Negest and which gave him the name honey eater or lalibela.
Probably a speed hump or a large rock did the damage. A leaking seal between the differential and rear cardan shaft. Hopefully nothing more serious. The differential casing seemed to be intact. Fortunatly I had in my spares box a new diff seal.
The Afar Triangle is situated at the northern end of the Great Rift Valley, bordered northeast by the Red Sea, southeast by the Somali Plate and northwest by the Ethiopian Highlands. Within it along the Ertrean border in the north is one of the deepest and hottest places on earth, the Danakil.
On one occasion we made the mistake of ordering a chicken frikasee with salad and were subsequently very sick for two days. To stay on the safe side we then ate more of the local stuff whenever we went out, almost always injera.
Beyond Amhara north of the Simiens lies Axum (Aksum) the capital of Tigray and probably the oldest continuously inhabited city in Sub-Saharen Africa. Reputedly the home of the Arc of the Covenant and that of the Queen of Sheba.
Mickey, the landlord of Pension Everlasting, remained resolute. He knew what we would have to pay elsewhere for the night, that his pension was the cheapest and that everyone has to spend the night in Debark when heading for the Simien Mountains.
After Metemma the lowlands gradually gave way and the landscape became rich and green as we drove into the hills. Quite something that we had missed. Our first destination in Ethiopia would be Tim and Kims’ in Gorgora on the north shore of Lake Tana.