We have really loved our time here and highly recommend this beautiful town especially if you stay at the Annex B & B. It's been so wonderful. Negist has spoiled us with her amazing breakfasts each morning and we have just been hanging out in the garden each day. I wish I could copy and paste her garden, back home, as easily as I can copy and paste this photo.
There are many other things to do in Bahir Dar - we haven't done it justice. We will come back next trip and hire a boat to see the monasteries, hippos, Blue Nile falls. But this time, we just needed to get a routine and feel like we were living not touring, if you know what I mean. We've enjoyed the gorgeous flowers (like Asia, the Irises are so tall, you don't need to bend to smell them), the shy turtle living here at the Annex and even the incredible lines of Tuk Tuks waiting to get gas.
She used an ingenious thingy (technical term) as a sink. I didn't want to take a photo because it was packed with ladies in there but I will describe it. Picture a metal music stand but a bowl shape at the top as the sink. Then a curvy bit that fit over your shoulders and neck to lean back on (the stylist kept her foot on the base so it wouldn't tip). There was a flexible pipe coming from the bowl to take the water away as you used it. Right next to her was a huge,waist-high, vat of (E said) COLD water. The stylist would just dunk a jug of water in and use on the hair. It worked really well.
After all her hard work, she asked for 27 Birr, which is $1.67 Canadian! I couldn't believe it and paid her a more than she asked for and tried to explain how much that same hairstyle would cost back home (over $100!). It was a fun experience for Eskedar and I and you could tell that we were the topic of a lot of the conversation happening around us. At one point the stylist said, "You work, where? We all think, maybe, hospital?" When I told them teacher, they looked disappointed no one had thought of that one!
Thanks so much for reading! Cheers!