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Apr 2, 2016 - 27 March 2016 - Kerma, Sudan

Today we drove to Kerma, one of the oldest inhabited towns in Africa which has been occupied for 8,000 - 10,000 years. There is a sand storm blowing which is making everything look very hazy and we stopped for tea and coffee in a makeshift cafe, sitting with the locals in the gloom. We stopped for lunch in the town of Al Borgaig and shopped in the market for ingredients for tea for the next two days. Kerma was an important trade centre and the capital of the Kingdom of Kush around 1800 - 1600 BC. They built two huge mudbrick temples (or...

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Mar 30, 2016 - 25 March 2016 - Karima

Our home for 2 nights is a guest house in the reasonably large town of Karima. This area has Unesco World Heritage status due to the many ancient sites dotting the area. Dinner on the first night was at the local market where we had falafel and salad, stocked up on cold water and then headed back to our lodgings in the shadow of Jebel Berkel, an Uluru-like mountain on the edge of town. Jebel Berkel was thought to be the home of the god Amun by the ancient Egyptias and Nubians and so was sacred ground for them. Up early we walked towards the...

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Mar 22, 2016 - 21 March 2016 - Khartoum, Sudan

When we got up in the morning, lo and behold there was our truck waiting for us - Tim had worked all the previous day and evening and had finished the repairs at midnight! We piled in for a very long trip into Sudan and our stop for the next few days, Khartoum. We took bets on how long it would take - in the end we arrived at 1am, around 18 hours of travel! The Sudan countryside looked very bleak along the way, dry and with not a scrap of green anywhere. But the people were so friendly, waving to us and calling out "how are you" and...

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Oct 21, 2013 - Khartoum, Sudan

Just to say that I am leaving today for Ethiopia at last. I have loads more pics to put up , but the internet here has been terrible for the past 3 days, so uploading even 1 picture can take a couple of hours. I am using a Sudanese sim card just now, but will probably swap back to the British one in Ethiopia. Plenty to tell from the past month, including a run in with the police last night after a little girl was discovered dead in the next room to me. Anyway, will update properly when I eventually find a half decent internet connection.

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Oct 16, 2013 - Khartoum, Sudan

Been in Khartoum since Saturday night. Slept in the airport then made my way into town. Hoping to get the visa for Ethiopia here, but given that it's the Islamic holiday of Eid then everything is closed, and they "think" the embassy will open on Sunday. Anyway , that means hanging around Khartoum till then which is annoying as it is a real shithole, despite what the Lonely (liar) planet tries to make out. Will try to do a full update on Egypt asap.

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Mar 18, 2012 - Khartoum

Friday 16th March Gondar Ethiopia to Gedaref Sudan Up early for our journey from Ethiopia down to the border and then into Sudan. We headed down from the mountains to the border at Metema where it was very hot (about 42C). The road from Gondar down to the border was very bendy and there were numerous small villages on the way. The truck took 3 hours to get through customs at the border while we as people only took about 1 hour. We had lunch in one of the small restaurants at the border whilst we waited for the truck. Once we had cleared...

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Nov 15, 2008 - Illegal Photos of Sudan

11/15/08 Several years ago, the US government blew up a pharmaceutical company in Sudan thinking, erroneously, that it was involved in the production of weapons of mass destruction. Since then, the Sudanese government has obviously been wary about letting US citizens into their country. Since our bus needed to travel through it to carry on to Egypt, we breathed a big sigh of relief when we obtained our visas in Addis Ababa (to the tune of US$200 apiece!), Ethiopia, and then an even bigger sigh of relief when the border officials let us into...

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