|early morning on Lake Tana Bahir Dar|
|St George by the Sea - Bahir Dar with congregation gathered|
|Saddle billed stork on way to Blue Nile falls|
We pass a farmer carrying his simple wooden ox-drawn plough on his back, boys chew on the sugar cane, an important crop here which grows well in the very fertile black soil.
|farmer with ox drawn wooden plough|
Lunch is al fresco in the grounds of the hotel next to ours. We are much bothered by flies! The food is good but served in quantities far too vast for many of us. Asking for smaller portions, we are told to simply leave what we don't want. This goes against our upbringing of leaving empty plates. A white rabbit hops around among us, clearly the restaurant pet!
|village scene at beginning of walk to Falls|
|view from the boat to the Blue Nile Falls|
Our pilgrimage is nearly at an end. I find it hard to believe just how much we have seen and done in our eleven days; and we have really only scratched the surface of a wonderful culture.
|The Blue Nile Falls|
We met none of this and perhaps did not go to the offending areas. I would say that it is essential to use the official local guides, tip good service and attention, and ensure that by supporting the local street and market vendors, cafes and restaurants then the locals can see that we are only helping them by putting our money into their local economy.
|Abune Hara Monastery church we could not enter|
|Night club entertainment|
|the boat across the Nile to the Falls|
Also treat the people with respect, being careful where we point our cameras outside the tourist sites themselves, always seeking permission before taking photos of individuals. Hopefully then such localised aggression can be curbed before it is to get out of hand. It would be a great pity if because of isolated incidents tourists are put off visiting what is surely a very worthwhile and rewarding holiday destination.