We awoke to a refreshingly cool morning in the cow grazed field. Everyone seemed pleased at the prospect of a relatively short day ahead of them, especially those who were still suffering from a bit of National Food induced diarrhea. The reason for the short day of 60km was that we would be arriving in Bahir Dar for our second rest day in Ethiopia where we had plans for a little party to keep spirits up.
On the road, most people seemed to take it easy and enjoy the opportunity for a couple cokes and espressos along the way. The scenery was once again welcomingly distracting with gently rolling grassy hills, scattered trees, villages and a few burnt out tanksâ€”a solemn reminder of some Ethiopian history.
Bahir Dar itself was a generally busy town but had a uniquely relaxed atmosphere, probably due to the proximity of Lake Tana which was a stones throw away from Bahir Darâ€™s main road. The hotel we stayed at reflected the townâ€™s relaxed atmosphere and catered for everyoneâ€™s needs, from neat rooms to camping on the second story balcony overlooking the lake.
In the afternoon after we had all settled in to the hotel and everyone was out looking for an outfit to wear to the eveningâ€™s party. The partyâ€™s theme was the letter P, meaning you had to dress up as something starting with the letter P. It was great to see everyone putting in a good effort and using their imagination to make for some decent entertainment later that evening. Everyone was at the party, from Pimps to Pantomimes. It was great to see some personalities emerging on the dance floor as the evening progressed. The winners for the best dressed included a nearly naked pigmy and a colorful prostitute. All in all, a good bit of fun to raise spirits before heading off on the road again.