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Friendly Oto-men

Friendly Oto-men

Tuesday 11th to Wednesday 12th December 2012. Bolu, Istanbul, Svilengrad. The next morning we ate from the hotel’s buffet breakfast before setting off. We dined quietly with the many business men staying in the hotel. It was all very civilized and, well, sterile and...
Merhaba

Merhaba

Saturday 8th to Monday 10th December 2012. Iskenderun, Pozanti, Bolu. Stepping off the boat we were led around the crowd of truck drivers collecting their passports from an official’s suitcase. Although on the boat we’d been assured we’d have immigration formalities...
A Sad Goodbye…

A Sad Goodbye…

Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th December 2012. Port Said, Ferry from Port Said to Iskenderun. We had news a week or two back that we were no longer able to get a visa for Libya. Our lifeline, Jill Wilson from Libya Travel and Tours, told us that they discovered the...
Treasures & Tiffs

Treasures & Tiffs

Monday 3rd to Tuesday 4th December 2012. Cairo. The next morning we took up Sam’s kind offer of his washing machine before we ventured out into Cairo for the day. We found a little deli near Sam’s place that served up a mean toasted sandwich. Then we hailed a cab to...
‘Allo Geezer!

‘Allo Geezer!

Sunday 2nd December 2012. Giza, Sidaqua, Dashur, Cairo. We were up for another gorgeous desert sunrise the next morning. We wanted to make it to the pyramids at Giza today and still have time to explore, so we got packed up and ready to leave early. The only hitch was...
Last Great Wilderness

Last Great Wilderness

Wednesday 28th November to Monday 1st December 2012. Western Desert (Al-Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, White Desert, Bawiti). The next morning we lingered for a while to soak up the desert peace and quiet. It really is beautiful out here and desert wild camps have been some...
Tomb Raiders Behind the Scenes

Tomb Raiders Behind the Scenes

Sunday 25th to Tuesday 27th November 2012. Aswan, Luxor. The next morning we had a call from Kamal. He claimed that both we and Tom had left behind the Arabic version of the vehicle licence. Without this, we couldn’t drive around Egypt. We thought it was more likely...
Waiting Room

Waiting Room

Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 24th November 2012. Aswan. A man called Mohammed who works at the port found us as we emerged from the ferry and bustled us ahead of the long queue and through customs, to where Kamal was waiting to greet us. There we also met Mohammed...
Floaters

Floaters

Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd November 2012. Wadi Halfa, Aswan. The following morning, we spent a little time re-organising our cars before driving the final 100km to Wadi Halfa. We weren’t sure if we needed to leave our keys with the men at the ferry. To be safe, we...
Under the Nubian Stars

Under the Nubian Stars

Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th November 2012. Karima, Dongola. In the light of day we could see that the air was coming into the fuel line from a join in the pipe. Without being able to get a new ‘fuel gauge sender unit’ we had to keep improvising. The best we could do...
Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Thursday 15th to Friday 16th November 2012. Meroe, Atbara. The next morning was a gorgeous one at our wild camp. The air was so still and the land so quiet. The long shadows from the small hills shaded us, so the temperature was a lovely cool. It was a nice contrast...
Remote Ruins

Remote Ruins

Wednesday 14th November 2012. Naga Temple, Maswwarat. The following morning we chatted to Jessica for a little while before setting about leaving Khartoum. She recommended that we apply for the ‘Travel and Photo Permit’ issued by the Department of Tourism, Antiquities...
Zig-zag

Zig-zag

Tuesday 13th November 2012. Khartoum. The next morning a few large herds of goats passed through our camp. Our alarm didn’t go off, so we didn’t set off as early as we’d planned. The sky was clear, vast and pale. The only clouds in the sky were dust clouds stirred up...
Into the Heat

Into the Heat

Monday 12th November 2012. Gallabat, Wad Medani The crowd of men at the Gallabat border post were unfriendly and abrupt. One tried to rifle through the documents in my hands rather than tell me what he wished to see. It turned out they just wanted to check our carnet...
Camelot of Africa

Camelot of Africa

Saturday 10th to Monday 12th November 2012. Debretabor, Gonder. It was quiet the next morning and lovely to catch up on a little sleep. We tried out the breakfast in the hotel as it’s just so cheap to eat out here. Luke was brave ordering the Lamb Dulet. He suffered...
Holy Rock

Holy Rock

Thursday 8th to Friday 9th November 2012. Lalibela, Debretabor. We left Wim’s Holland House as the sun was just creeping over Addis. With quite a few other travellers in Wim’s tiny yard, it took a little manoeuvring to get our cars safely over the mechanic-pit in...
New Flower

New Flower

Sunday 4th to Wednesday 7th November 2012. Addis Ababa. We awoke to find the sky the colour of Wedgewood china, with just a few fluffy bread-roll clouds balanced on it. We thanked Karatu for his kindness in having us stay and braved the main road to Addis Ababa. The...
T’ i ru Food

T’ i ru Food

Saturday 3rd November 2012. Arba Minch, Awassa. The next morning we breakfasted on the terrace whilst soaking up the gorgeous view of the pastel mountains above the twin lakes. We savoured the cold crunchy toast, a wonderful mature cheese omelette and a creamy...
Choo Choo…destination, Konso

Choo Choo…destination, Konso

Friday 2nd November 2012. Konso. Our morning started way too early for our liking, mainly thanks to all manner of noises in the town around us. At 4am we were woken by some kind of religious revival that sounded as if it were happening by mega-phone. Trucks roared in...
Freak Show

Freak Show

Thursday 1st November 2012. Mago National Park, Jinka, Key Afra, Konso. It was raining and dark the next morning. By 6am we were outside our hotel waiting for our guide, Manio. For the next fifteen minutes we tried to call him, but there was no answer. We were just...