I had a very nice experience last night. I though about romanticizing the experience for the blog, but that would be a bit of a shame, so here comes the raw true version of it: I woke up around 0000 and had to do my thing… so I unzipped the tent, got my little Novotel bag with TP out and walked to the other side of the little shack that was next to my tent. I started doing my thing, taking my time to do it well, while enjoying the desert night sky (which is already pretty amazing!). So while doing my thing in the desert while looking at the stars, a camel came by, just some 10 meters away from me. I was still a bit sleepy and next to that preoccupied with doing that other thing. So I was quite astounded by this dark humped silhouette passing by, as if I was just sitting there… And then there was another one. And another. There was this whole herd of camels passing both in front and behind me while making their way to the drinking trough near the nearby waterwell, while I was doing my thing, in the desert, under the night sky full of stars!
So it might not be a sexy story, or a miserable one, but one well worth remembering 🙂 Anywayzzzzz. Due to the supposedly ongoing unrest in Khartoum, TDA decided last week that they would bus us through Khartoum and camp just outside the city, rather than letting us ride our bikes into the city and camp somewhere near the city centre. It’s all fine by me: if they think this is necessary to keep us safe I’ll just follow our South African Classic Rock Elitist Lion Wrestling Tour Guide who keeps up the umbrella and holds the clipboard…
Amazing morning. Desert with trees!
The kids wanted to take a picture 🙂 After that I gave them some candy!
Loading the bus. Gave these curious kids some candy as well. They were very hesitant taking it and only took it after one of our local staff told them it was okay. After that it put a smile on their face though 🙂
Making our way through Khartoum Traffic
Khartoum skyline, highrises (16 storeys high) at the confluence of the White and Blue Nile…
Passing the goat market
Passing the railroad
Making it to camp next to this nice little mosque
And after my shower I just lazed around in the shade, underneath the fans…