We flew off from Addis to Bahir Dar in the north to begin 12 days of travelling solo without our friend and guide Yared.
Bahir Dar is on the shore of Ethiopia's biggest lake, Lake Tana, which is famous for its islands containing many ancient monasteries and also for the Blue Nile Falls.
A tuk tuk.
We tracked down 3 street kids from Lalibela who are being assisted by World Families Australia (WFA) and The Grace Foundation of Bahir Dar in gaining an education.
WFA had asked us if we could find a donated laptop for them and we were able to give them one donated by The Cottage by the Sea.
The 3 boys were over the moon and thanked us by inviting us to their home for the traditional coffee ceremony.
They work as security guards for the Grace Centre in Bahir, patrolling the compound at night against thieves and hyenas and studying by day.
In a multi family, shared facilities compound 4 boys share one small, bare room with no furniture, no running water, no power, no bathroom, two thin foam mattresses on the floor and one set of clothes each.
It felt completely incongruous and inadequate to be giving them a state-of-the-art laptop but we know that it will help them to improve their situation.
Many thanks to The Cottage by the Sea !
While we were in Bahir Dar Ethiopia won a soccer match to qualify them for the world cup for the first time in 30 years. The town went absolutely MAD with several people killed after falling from overloaded vehicles. We saw many fans on the roof of moving vans and buses.