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We reached the end of our hike at a summit high above the surround valleys with a great panoramic view, a little tired, but our day was just beginning.
After the hike it was off to the main sites of Gondar (Lalibela, see days 3-4, used to be named Roha, Tolkien liked to steal Ethiopian city names). First stop: the royal enclosure, known as the Camelot of Africa, but because there is not a Camelot of somewhereelse, it should just be 'Camelot'. The palaces were amazing, and our guide was not too pushy so we were able to wander off on our own. When we did listen we learned some interesting facts about 16th century Ethiopian kings: The one that is "the Great" raised taxes 10 fold, and another instituted laws to protect animals which we observed are no longer being followed in Ethiopia (i.e. Donkeys cannot carry incredibly burdensome loads, and you cannot carry chickens upside-down).
The second stop, after a 3.5 km walk through town and the pictured above juice stop (from bottom to top: avocado, guava, papaya, and mango), was the baths. The most stunning feature of the baths are the tree roots growing over the walls.