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Monday, August 20th, 2007

Sudan.

Known for the most hospitable people in Africa. I can agree with the statement but have to say that pretty much all African countries are known for that. What really makes them stand out I think is that usually people are coming from Egypt or Ethiopia where you are just constantly hammered by touts and beggers, both of which are rarely found in Sudan. The people in general just leave you alone, which doesn’t necessarily make them the friendliest of the bunch, but you take that as a huge positive after coming from Egypt or Ethiopia. I will add though that another reason is that the environment requires it. Middle to Northern Sudan where I traveled is definitely desert lands. Not the most hospitable environment. I have read similar facts about other harsh places in that the land dictates that you help anybody that comes your way even to the point of giving everything you have. I can imagine the initial scenario was a poor traveler on the brink of death walks up to a persons home and asks for help/water. The owner says no, the guy turns around and dies in the front yard. After a few stinking corpses, the owner figures its a better idea to help out these people rather than have a bunch of stinking corpses screwing up the front yard. In that end, hospitality goes to the extreme.
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Photos: Ferry ride from Wadi Halfa, Sudan to Aswan, Egypt

Monday, August 20th, 2007

The deck getting set up.
Top deck where I ended up sleeping. Just add about another hundred people.

Cruising the Nile
The buoy markers that separated Egypt from the “Rat Bastard Immigration people” Sudan

Nile views
Just some desert/Nile landscapes

Sudanese women My pretty friends
My beautiful Sudanese friends. She reminded me of Julia Roberts Arabic style. Great smile.

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Some of my Egyptian buddies that made Sudan liveable.

Wadi Halfa, Sudan to Aswan, Egypt: Ferry time.

Monday, August 20th, 2007
Life is okay, I am on the boat, I was the last passenger to board, but it doesn't matter, I am on my way. Okay, last one, "Screw you Rat Bastard Sudanese Immigration Chief!!!!" I am traveling second class ... [Continue reading this entry]

Rat bastards of Sudan… Kiss my ass I am in Egypt!!!!!

Monday, August 20th, 2007
Okay, maybe I am going a bit over board on the rat bastards, and should clarify that the people in Sudan that I met were totally fine, it was just some of the rules and some of the Government officials ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Sudan, Khartoum to Wadi Halfa

Monday, August 20th, 2007
Ancient site of Jebel Barkal Pyramids 2 ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Royal Cemetary/City of Meroe

Sunday, August 19th, 2007
Royal Cemetary 2 Royal Cemetary 1 Do you see the camel? ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sudan: Royal Cemetary of Meroe.

Sunday, August 19th, 2007
I previously eluded to my cool day of adventuring while in Khartoum. The basic run down is that I woke up, got a hair up my ass, and decided against my better judgement that because of my extraordinary traveling ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Gederaf to Khartoum, Whirling Dervishes

Sunday, August 19th, 2007
Gederaf This is a photo of a Friday in Sudan. Also, notice no English anywhere. Makes it tough finding anything. [Continue reading this entry]

Crossing the Sudan frontier- Gallabat to Khartoum

Sunday, August 19th, 2007
My first impressions of Sudan were actually pretty scary. All border crossings can be a bit sketchy, but when you cross over into a country where a line drawn in the sand is the difference between language, money, religion, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Responses to Comments: Out of Office two weeks.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
Sorry, but I have to get moving. Sudanese Government definitely does not like tourists. I will be hip hopping along the Nile through the Desert. Should take me about a week, then a ferry to Egypt. ... [Continue reading this entry]