Lake Tana

Tankwa carrying firewood, Lake Tana.

Everywhere on Lake Tana you see these little papyrus canoes called tankwas – exactly the same as you see in images on ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. People living on the lake shore collect firewood and ferry it across to Bahir Dar to sell, a trip that takes five hours of serious paddling. When the lake stills in the afternoon, dozens make the trip – I counted sixty strung out across the horizon.

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