The border crossing with Ethiopia is special and something to remember and not like any other border crossing we have seen in the past few months of traveling. You go from hut to hut and meet people without any uniform or looking close to an official. You get a few stamps, carnet de passage is signed and that’s it. The Bradt Travel Guide describes it as a dusty one-horse outpost which is more or less what it is like.
After the border crossing we drive into the beautiful mountains up to 2,000 meters high and see the temperature drop to as low as 16 degrees and have to pull out our sweaters. The roads are very nice to drive on but are clearly not made for cars despite being of perfect tarmac. The roads are for cattle, donkeys, kids and everybody else that needs to go from one village to the next. The speed of driving drops allowing you to enjoy the scenery. In the first village that we pass we are met by kids running up to the car screaming ‘yuyuyuyuyuyuyuyuyuyu’ and waving to us with a big smile on their face. This continues until we reach Gonder where make a stop at the bank to change money since the bank at the border was closed between 12 and 15:00. With some cash in the pocket we drive some 65km to Tim&Kim Village in Gorgora at Lake Tana to spend a few days. Every morning we wake up by the side of the lake in which we take a bath sharing it with a hippo and the fish eagles. It is very nice to stay and relax in this community based project run by a young Dutch couple.