Ethiopia - Lake Tana

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Sun 7 Dec
A civilised reporting time of 0630 for a change. The first class ticket entitled me to sit in the saloon, which had tables, chairs and felt safe to leave unattended luggage.

Dek Island, Lake Tana, Ethiopia After three hours we reached an island called Dek where we were allowed to go ashore for 60mins. Unfortunately, I was assured, this would not be long enough to visit the historic monastery on the other side of the island, so I settled for engaging with the locals and taking a few photos. The kids were friendly and spoke good English, but all had a disturbing chesty cough. One girl was so cute and so ready to pose for photographs that I looked in a shop for a thank-you present. She was too young for a school pen and I didnít want to encourage sweets so I bought her a candle. She looked delighted and happily ran off, I presume to her home.

At another village I looked in the market for locally made shawls and scarves. The kids went berserk at seeing a "faranji" (foreigner) and by the time I returned to the boat I must have had 50 school children in tow.


Ethiopia - Lake Tana

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