(Day 36) Day 2 of Leisure in Khartoum – 5 May 2011
Distance for the day – 0 km
Odometer – 11 353 km
Hours on the Bike – 00:00
Donations up to date for Adelaide Hospital – R 77 327.00
Last night we had a relook at the time left to get to Wadi Halfa – the gateway through to Egypt. We need to catch the ferry next Wednesday and we have a three-day travel planned to get there. It would mean that we will probably sit and wait for three days at Wadi Halfa, which apparently could be a frustrating wait in immense heat and little to do. We decided to rather kill some time in the Capital City of Sudan, Khartoum.
Richard had one thing on his mind, which was to replace the battery for his motorbike, so after breakfast he headed in to town with the porter of our hotel on the back of his bike. He also had a hair cut, so Richard now looks like a new sixpence.
Rufus and Stelios decided to visit the local Arabic Market. This was an interesting experience, with narrow allies where people sell all kinds of merchandise and products like watches, electronic equipment and plastic products, mostly from China. There were also very colourful material, shoe and clothing shops and quite a number of perfume shops. We saw lots of “one man coffee shops” with a lady selling coffee that she prepared on the side-walk in minuet cups, each with its own coffee pot and a personal touch of incense. This, with a mix flavour of fruit, veggies and swarma stalls give the allies a nice aroma.
The dirt is something though that does not worry the locals to much. There are no dust bins and all waste just gets dumped on the spot. We have experienced this throughout Africa. It has happened a few times where one of us would ask a local to take an empty cooldrink bottle to throw away and they all basically reacted the same by taking it and just throwing it on the ground.
The food in Sudan is good, with a lot of fresh produce and their tomatoes are just amazingly tasty. It is also the first country with decent dairy products. They like spicy food and meat features high on every menu. Alcohol is forbidden in this country, so we have acquired the taste for very nice fruit juice mixes. Rufus went back later in the day to get his air hawk seat stitched up and met a motorbike fanatic by the name of Hisim. He worked in a clothing store and insisted that Rufus page through all is motorbike photo’s while he went to buy them a cold orange juice. The people are really friendly and try very hard to make you feel welcome.
Tomorrow we set off to Meroe and will stop at Atbarra. It was confirmed today that Norman will leave on Saturday from Addis Ababa, back to South Africa.