I really enjoyed my time traveling overland through Sudan. After some up and down times in Ethiopia, Sudan was a welcome relief (which surprised all of us that were traveling together). Because of Sudan’s oil reserves and corresponding Chinese investment, things actually worked there. Our overland truck took four days […]
photos from Sudan
The desert in Sudan was peaceful. The town of Wadi Halfi was unusual. The ferry ride from Wadi Halfi to Aswan was just annoying. In most every guidebook that I’ve read on the trip, there is a section that talks about travel considerations for women. Frankly, I’ve been amazed at […]
Boat trips are great times to catch up on writing. The crossing from South America to South Africa yielded about ten blogs. This trip up the Norwegian coast is about a third as long, but hopefully almost as productive. The scenery is a hell of a lot more inspiring. Here […]
In Egypt, I decided to cheat on one of my travel goals. As most of you know, I decided before the trip started to get one tattoo on each of the continents I went to. On the original route, that was to be five tattoos. Since my route change, it’s now going to be six.
at one point on our four day desert odyssey in Sudan, our driver decided to take a route that was a bit off the main road. According to his GPS directions, we were supposed to hug close to the rail line between Khartoum and Wadi Haffi.
Sudan was the first fully Islamic state I have visited – Sharia law is in effect there. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia. It was also the first police state I’ve been to. You have no doubt read about the problems there – foremost of those the situation in Darfur, but also the independence movement […]
There isn’t much to like about Wadi Halfa. For some reason, I liked it anyway.
I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. Horrible internet in Ethiopia sapped me from blogging. And basically in the 3 days I’ve been in Sudan, I’ve just laid around and done nothing. Problem is. . . tomorrow morning our overland truck leaves Khartoum to head to Wadi Halfa on the Sudan/Egypt […]
Border crossings. In this day and age, shouldn’t it be fairly easy to cross a border between one country and another? Of course, I say this knowing that perhaps one of the hardest countries to enter in the entire world is my own. Perhaps the last few days have been […]
I told her that I was applying for a visa to go to Sudan and that the people there said that a letter from my embassy, since I wasn’t working for an N.G.O., might help. She told me that the United States government doesn’t need to write letters — the passport is all we need — and that the Sudan Embassy knew that.
While I have enjoyed almost every single minute on the road and have truly appreciated the dozens of emails that have gone something like “sounds great! Wish I was out there doing the same thing,” there are then days like today.