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Africa » Sudan » North » Atbara January 29th 2015

The Nubian mausoleums within the current borders of Sudan are famous amongst Archaeologists and Pyramidaphiles a like. However seemingly the current Sudan residents don't quite value them in quite the same way. On my first attempt to visit these red teeth rising up through swirling yellow sands, the driver decided that a much more worthy site was the "world famous" mango market. I have to say I do like a good mango, the market however tends to lend itself to buying as opposed to eating (NB: As it was Ramadan, we couldn't eat them even after buying!) and as such I was rather disappointed to have skipped past the pyramids. Once again (re: Nigeria blog) I had to remember my youth and John Cleese's documentary about fruit-based assailants. Luckily I had prepared for such an event, ... read more
Nubian Mango Market
Confluence
Breaking Fast

Africa » Sudan June 10th 2014

A few photos from Murrays trip in June 2014.... read more
Kassala
Coffee with the driver
Eritrean refugees have lived in this camp for over 40 years

Africa » Sudan » East » Port Sudan May 10th 2014

Nakon 9 sati ne pre neugodne vožnje stigoh do tog dijamanta na obali crvenog mora. Naravno već na stanici su me čekala dva gospodina iz Sigurnosti za dobrodošlicu. Nakon pregleda dokumenata uputio sam se u potragu za hotelom. Iako nisam nigdje vidio nijednog stranca to se pokazalo ne baš lakom misijom jer su navodno svi hoteli bili puni. Kad sam konačno našao jedan ne prejezivog stanja odlučio sam se baciti u istraživane toliko hvaljenog grada. Na prvu nisam vidio ništa osim velikog brodogradilišta. No odlučio sam pričekati jutro pa se baciti u šire izviđanje. I tako sam na karti izračunao gdje bi trebao biti put prema „otvorenoj plaži“ i krenuo tamo. Nakon sat vremena hodanja po vrelom suncu i povremenog mahanja znatiželjnicima konačno našao kiosk s frižiderom da kupim hladnu Coca Colu. I ta Coca Cola ... read more
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Red Sea
Port Sudan 2

Africa » Sudan » North » Dongola May 2nd 2014

Bus je krenuo kroz ne baš zanimljiv Sudanski krajolik. Dok Egipatski dio Sahare izgleda poprilično romantično sa svojim dinama i žutim pijeskom, Nubija (Sudanski dio Sahare) je jednostavno hrpa nepregledne bezlične sive prašine. Zanimljivo je bilo da usred te pustoši se zna dogoditi da netko od putnika vikne vozaču da stane, izađe, uzme stvari i krene pješke u naizgled ništavilo. Kako uopće prepozna u tom sivilu gdje treba izaći mi nije ni dan danas jasno. Isto tako svako malo se uz cestu usred pustinje nađe i poneki novi putnik. I tako smo Juan i ja sjedili na mjestu za 3 osobe ss još4 suputnika. Klima je bila na maksimumu jer da nije pitanje koliko bi nas uopće stiglo do cilja. Tu sam zapravo i prvi put imao priliku malo bolje upoznati svog suputnika i novog prijatelja. ... read more
Plaža na obali Nila
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Brodić

Africa » Sudan » North » Wadi Halfa April 30th 2014

U Wadi Halfi sam prvi put dobio neki lagani osjećaj da sam u Africi. Wadi Halfa sama po sebi ne nudi baš ništa. Maleni pustinjski gradić, pržen na preko 45 stupnjeva, bez ikakvog raslinja kojem za koji je očito da postoji samo zbog trajekta. Nekoliko dućana, jedan restoran (odnosno bolji naziv bi bila zalogajnica) i nekoliko nastambi koje iznajmljuju sobe. A dotične je kad dođe trajekt jako teško naći. U kombinaciji s jednim Britansko – Jamajkanskim parom smo se uputili u potragu za smještajem i nakon nekoliko odbijenica došli smo na nekakvu recepciju gdje je sjedio dječak od nekih 12 godina. Nakon puno mahanja i tipkanja po kalkulatoru došli smo dogovora i pokazao nam je deluxe sobu. Deluxe soba se sastojala od 4 ne bas cista kreveta na oprugama nasred prazne neožbukane sobe s klimom postavljenom ... read more
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Sudan dozvole
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Africa » Sudan April 28th 2014

Sudan je zemlja o kojoj se malo toga zna, a puno može reći. Većini ljudi prvo na spomen te zemlje prvo padne na pamet pokolj u Darfuru, rat na jugu, zapadne sankcije, glad, boleštine i slično, pa ga zaobilaze u širokom luku.Sudan ima puno više od vrućine i pustinje. Primjerice ima više piramida i hramova nego Egipat... Ima predivno more na istoku... Ima Khartoum koji je Beč naspram Kaira.... read more
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Africa » Sudan » North » Wadi Halfa February 15th 2014

November 22, 2012 Being a dry country, most of the alcohol that we were carrying has been consumed before crossing the border. To be honest, some do have a few good bottles of wine hidden away for Christmas and new year’s and we have no intention of drinking them in Sudan. We’ve arrived in Khartoum and after driving around looking for the right place, we’ve once again stopped a taxi and organised to follow him to the yacht club where we’ll be staying for the few nights. The gates are an issue and as it’s situated on one of the main thoroughfares, traffic is banking up behind us and not overly happy. Soon, police arrive to stop traffic and allow us the space to reverse and reverse again and eventually get through, while we hold up ... read more
Sudanese declarations of love
Kookie Burger Restaurant
An evening with the Sufis

Africa » Sudan » East » Port Sudan November 25th 2013

The only way to claim you have dived the world…is simply…to dive around. My first try at the Red Sea was back in the summer of 2008 on a live-aboard, for a week of diving in the South of Egypt out of Marsa Alam diving places like Daedalus. At the time, I found the experience pretty average. Since that day, I have also dived out of Aqaba in Jordan, another rather average experience, but one which is easily enjoyed before or after the magnificent Wadi Rum or the wonders of Petra. Aqaba is a perfect dive trip for a day or two… But there is more to the Red Sea. I have dived Djibouti, but that’s not really anymore the Red Sea. I will dive sooner or later Saudi Arabia…but for now, here I am ... read more
Diving the Umbria
Sanganaeb lighthouse
No internet connection up here...

Africa » Sudan » North » Wadi Halfa October 30th 2013

Our ferry from Egypt chugged in to Wadi Halfa in Sudan just before lunch. Wadi Halfa is a dusty hot border town, with not a whole lot going down. Apparently we stayed in the room that Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman used during their Long Way Down trip. The bikes hadn't arrived so we headed into town to kill a little time. A large group of young guys in green khaki came striding past us a one stage, then a few minutes later one guy in police uniform came sprinting past us, with the group in hot pursuit. They caught him, gave him a bit of a beating, and then took him away. We found out later that the police guy had arrested one of the army guys for drinking, and this had obviously backfired on ... read more
Jaap stuck at the hotel in Wadi Halfa
Meeting the mad cyclists in the Nubian Desert
Arriving at the port in Wadi Halfa

Africa » Sudan » North » Khartoum July 12th 2013

Resumo: Sabia que seria difícil, mas não sabia que seria tanto; Estou bem. Desde que escutei da famosa viagem do Egito a Etiópia cruzando o Sudão eu achei uma loucura. Pensava, quem irá cruzar o Sudão?? Escutava de um ou outro backpacker que fez, mas não muitos. Bom, entendo o porquê. Não é muito fácil viajar pelo Sudão. Muita papelada, muito calor, restrições de viajar em alguns lugares, restrições para tirar fotos, poucos falam inglês, sem ATM para estrangeiros, e para agravar a minha situação, mulheres não possuem nem a liberdade de ir ao mercado sozinhas, imaginem viajar pelo mundo!! Vou resumir aqui a minha viagem, pois mesmo ficando apenas 5 dias no Sudão tudo foi bem intenso. Tive momentos de sorte e azar um atrás do outro. Queria rir e queria chorar o tempo todo ... read more
making friends
making friends
The donkey saved me




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