Found it by a Fluke
Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
85Trip End Feb 14, 2010
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Interestingly Qual Al Simien & Church of St Simon & Citadel Simien & Dier Samaan all mean the same thing, this took us some time to figure out. Seems easy in hind sight but at the time it was very confusing. None the less we found it quite by mistake, it was getting late I had written the place off as a red herring and we pulled up to a place called Castle
A nice chap came over to us and in pigeon Arabic/English explained that he was the night guard and we could camp just behind this guard house and use the toilets if we wanted. Things were looking up.
We set up, cooked dinner made a cup of tea and headed into the Guards house in front of his heater to chat, eat Baklava (purchased in Homs) and watch a bad Arabic movie on TV. We also got to hear about the guards family. 10 brothers and 7 sisters. Wow we hear you say, this is not the worst we have heard about. One of our guides proudly announced he had 36 brothers and sisters from 6 mothers. Good thing they do not celebrate Christmas as the lunch would be a nightmare.