The Blue Nile Falls, or Tis Abaya in the Marina language (Smoke of Water), is one of those dreamy mythical places when you read stories about early explorers and discoverers. Namely, Pedro Paez, one Alcarrenian born in 1564 in a village in the now Community of Madrid. He was the first "modern" European there. He was a Jesuit missionary, who became an expert in indigenous languages and culture, and was lucky enough to know the source of the Blue Nile in 1613. It seems that little has changed in these places. Well now there's a dam generating electricity just above the falls, making the country's wealth dwindle.