Bahir Dar is for Ethiopians their Riviera. The murky waters of Lake Tana give to Bahir Dar a completely different character! People here are more relaxed and we could see that easily from the amount of numerous cafes and juice bars stationed along the beautiful boulevard with the numerous palm trees.
Walking along the busy pavement with the crowd, we were wondering why someone would prefer Addis to here since it could be said that Bahir Dar was the most beautiful city we had seen so far on Ethiopian land.
So in the afternoon when the sun is less hot we set out to explore! As it seemed this route was also very popular for the young people as well since there were walking up and down men and women all chatty and playful. The banks of the lake were surpsrisingly green and huge old trees were coming just out of the water next to the papyrous plants and the reed. Looked like an ideal spot also for dates and indeed we spotted some romantic get togethers.
At some deserted point as we walked north there was a group of boys and also men naked cleaning up themselves in the lake! I was shocked however they seemed to not care at all if someone was looking at them! Other than this the walk was uneventful until we reached a sort of restaurant and sat for injera and shiro. As usually a friendly Ethiopian came to ask us where we are from. We told them we are Greeks and then he laughed saying he had a greek friend and he was saying to him all time “ai sihtir!” , a funny swear word, so we burst laughing!!
After wandering for a while,we reached our small but clean looking pension style hotel… where we took some rest before starting doing some serious laundry fearing that the bed bugs might have infested our clothes as well!
That was easier said than done with the owner shutting down access to water throughout the day so we had to ask him to open it again and again!
It was out last day in Ethiopia and even though we an interesting (and tiresome) adventure we want to end it with a nice meal! The Camelot Cafe-Restaurant looked like a typical tourist trap on the outside however we had there our last injera meal in a very nice environment with local band playing Ethiopian tunes after 7!
Our memories of the fun and hard times we went through this last month in Ethiopia were coming to our minds as we were sitting there. Definitely our trip would not be the same without the experience of Ethiopia!!
Next task crossing the border to neighbouring Sudan!