When my friends first asked me to put together a tour in Ethiopia in January, I had no idea how lucky we were with the timing. With a few tweaks we could include the biggest of Ethiopia's religious festivals in our itinerary. The best place to see and be part of Timkat is in Gondar where the main ceremony is held at the historical Fasilidas's Pool. Thousands of Ethiopians and some tourists all congregate here for this amazing event and we had to get there before sunrise to secure our spot. As dawn broke, the bishop blessed the water giving the go-ahead for those brave enough to jump in and be blessed!