July 16, 2024

On air again in Gonder

We had to check out from the Belegez Pension

Belegez Pension
before 10h00 and it was still too early to check in at the Quean (sic) Taitu Pension, so we had breakfast at The Four Sisters restaurant where we had supper last night. It is the most amazing place we’ve witnessed so far. Very beautifully decorated this fancy (yet reasonably priced) restaurant is set on the edge of town.  It was started three months ago by four local sisters and you can see they are very proud of what they’ve created. And rightly so! The waiter is very professional and everything about the place makes you feel you’re at a five star lodge.

It is as beautiful from outside:

3 Sisters outside
As from the inside:

4 sisters inside
Afterwards we rode around town for a while looking at two more hotels, but the Quean ended up being the best value at 150 Birr for the two of us. With a hot bath (no plug though) and a TV in the room. We’ve also got WiFi across the street at a fancy upmarket hotel. It’s free if you eat or drink there and the food is luckily very cheap. We consequently had time to update the blog posts for the past week, so please check out the posts we made since we left Addis Abeba.

It rained this afternoon, but we’re feeling better today. I feel bad about being so negative in my last few posts, but our self-appointed guide not getting the message yesterday pushed me over the edge. It is amazing how your feelings can change in seconds, but we feel ready for the third leg of the trip. We would have liked to enter Sudan tomorrow, but have to wait for Thursday since our visas are only valid for two weeks and the ferry leaves Wadi Halfa on Wednesdays. Since we are not in the mood to take a gamble on accommodation in Shehedi (the last town before the border) we will stay another day in Gondar and leave very early on Thursday morning. Enjoy the photos of the past week.

11 thoughts on “On air again in Gonder

  1. Hi daar. Nice “posts” en foto’s. Sterkte met die Grenspos by Metama en Al Qallabat in Sudan. Burokratiese rompslomp kry ‘n ander betekenis hier.
    Hou jou oe op jul paspoorte en passop vir die “fixers” wat dinge by die grensposte moet reel. Een ryer in ons groep het hier sy paspoort “verloor” en moes terugkeer na SA.
    Sorg ook dat jul nie te laat by die grenspos opdaag nie, want hul maak toe van 13:00 tot 15:00. Die Sudanese kant was ‘n laaang wag. Onhou ook om binne sewe dae te registreer as ‘n “Alien”. Jul behoort dit in Khartoum te kan doen. Geniet dit en strekte met die Hitte en Woestyn winde.

  2. Ouboet ek stem saam met Rufus, hou jou belangrike doc’s by jou en wees net ferm. Moet nie dat hulle jou intimideer nie, hul is so arm en sal enigiets probeer vir ‘n inkomste, hoe min ookal.Aan die anderkant, jy skuld hul niks en moenie val vir die bedelary nie want dis die enigste manier om geld te kry sonder om daarvoor te werk, nes by ons in SA al voel mens so sleg daaroor. Ek weet as hul nie klippe na Tania gegooi het nie skenk jy jul T-shirts vir hulle… Is die E’s goed of sleg? Die antwoord is ja. Luv. V1xx

  3. Wow julle! Kan nie glo julle is al so ver nie!!! Sterkte met Sudan. Ons dink die hele tyd aan julle. Julle is ysters!!!!
    Cheers

  4. Hi Julle
    Cool foto’s. Lyk baie mooi daar rond. Ek was ook van die lug af in Beijing want die hotel se internet weier om met my te gesels. So om op te vang met julle blog wys mens net hoeveel eintlik elke dag gebeur sonder dat mens dit agterkom.
    Geniet Sudan en se groete vir Anita as julle haar sien.
    Ger is veilig terug in SA.
    Groete
    Fanie

  5. Dankie vir die ‘stunning’ foto’s!! Wat ‘n verskeidenheid, so kleurvol soos Africa en sy reisigers: ‘shocking’ kamer met bypassende ‘shocking’ pienk (rooi?) gordyne, klipkerke waar Afrika aanbid, woes aantreklike baardman (Fr, jy lyk baie mooi vir jou ma!!) en sy pragtige tandjies (vroulief), onbeskryflike natuur, ens. Julle foto’s is tops! Ek glo Villiers stem saam.
    Voorspoed met Do. se grenspos. Gelukkig is julle nou lekker uitgerus en teen die tyd ‘Africa-wise’. Om te dink nou le die woestyn voor… ‘aliens in the desert’?! XX

  6. Sterkte vir Donderdag – sin vir humor klink vir my die antwoord nav Rufus se kommentaar. Tjirs. V1xx

  7. Dankie vir die pragtige insiggewende foto’s. Soooo bly jul het weer ‘n goeie slaapplek. Rus goed uit voor Sudan. Voorspoed by grenspos. Fr ek hou van die “Bosveld-look” en T smile weer. Pas jul goed op. Liefde vanuit ‘n koue Kaap.

  8. Pragtige restaurant, sou eerder net op my Aprilia soontoe ry as ‘n Motomia! Maar julle twee doen uitstekend! Dit bly so lekker om julle vordering dop te hou, al sê ek nie elke dag iets hier nie. Julle is ‘n inspirasie!

  9. “According to a traffic study released Tuesday by the SHA, the time it takes to travel up Rockville Pike near the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has stretched to about one and a half times longer than before the hospital was expanded two months ago.”
    •Women finds her stolen bike on craigslist and asks for a test ride. Then she rode it to her car and drove away with it. See video below. And another bike theft victim recovers their bike with help from PoP.

  10. “According to a traffic study released Tuesday by the SHA, the time it takes to travel up Rockville Pike near the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has stretched to about one and a half times longer than before the hospital was expanded two months ago.”
    •Women finds her stolen bike on craigslist and asks for a test ride. Then she rode it to her car and drove away with it. See video below. And another bike theft victim recovers their bike with help from PoP.

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