Khartoum

Sudan, Khartoum, German Guest House. Sunday 15 and Monday 16 November. Week 28, days 211 and 212.

 

 

“I get very homesick, but otherwise it's a great privilege to get to travel”.

 

Well this night in Khartoum, in familiar surroundings at the German Guest House, I felt properly homesick for the first time. We were able to skype the family and seeing my beloved bull dogs really made my longing for home and familiar surroundings, family and friends quite intense. But this soon passed and we are excitedly looking at some of the scheduling for the rest of the trip.

Sudan (North), Khartoum, German Guest House. Monday 9 November. Week 27, days 205.

 

”Do as the locals do. Eat street food. Take public transportation”.

 

This day was probably our last full day in Khartoum and we made good use of it. At no time during our stay have we been made to feel like intruders, instead we have been welcomed into Khartoum society with a minimum of fuss. Make no mistake, with the scarcity of other tourists or even pale-skins, we stand out like sore thumbs, but with the innate courtesy of the Sudanese one hardly even notices a sideways glance. There is just the odd “welcome” quietly uttered by a passer-by.

Sudan (North), Khartoum, German Guest House. Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November. Week 27, days 202, 203 and 204.

 

 

“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag”. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

 

Sudan (North), Khartoum, German Guest House. Thursday 5 November. Week 27, day 201.

 

 

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, bur rather a person with a certain set of attitudes". Hugh Downs.

 

The rapid progress we were making northwards almost beggars belief. We will be slowing down a little now as we have some matters to attend to in Khartoum. These were -:

• Having a 110,000km service on Slow Donkey, plus having the brakes attended to and also replacing one of the front shock absorbers and checking the other. I would be surprised if some of the bushes do not need replacement.

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