THE OIL SERIES, DAY 4
Another red eye flight this morning on my way to Sudan, a country that generates mixed opinions from friends and family.
LOCALS HERE ARE FRIENDLY BEYOND BELIEF
Sudan recently came out of a revolution and people would be forgiven to think it is still in full flow! But talking to friends that have visited, it is said to be one of the friendliest countries in the world!
WHERE IS SUDAN?
Arriving into the airport the Coronavirus seems to be really kicking of as everyone has their temperature taken and is required to fill in a form stating where they have been in the last 14days.
I had originally booked to visit Sudan a few years ago until my granny passed so I had been in contact with Acropole Hotel before and they couldn’t have been more helpful with paperwork for me to be able to get the visa.
- Sudan was the largest country on the continent before South Sudan became independent.
- Population – 42million.
- Sudan has tropical weather in the south and a arid desert to the north.
- Some of the best corals can be found at Port Sudan.
After a quick breakfast I decided to go see what’s up and immediately came across a demonstration. Normally these are bad news and it’s recommended to stay clear but it was just a protest on education and how the different classes get varying qualifications for the same curriculum.
Everyone was super friendly and happy to see a foreigner, not once did I feel intimidated or scared although like when I am in any crowds I was sure to keep my wits. I would add there was probably more danger of being pick pocketed at home than from the Sudanese but it’s always smart to stay alert
I have seen the Nile before but there is just something about it that makes it super special. Not entirely sure what it is possibly due to the fact this was the river we seemed to study in school. But full honesty here, the meeting of the rivers wasn’t a great spectacle per se but it was good to be at the point where the Blue and White Niles converges.
After a bite to eat in the hotel built by Colonel Ghaddafi it was off to the Tuty Bridge which is just across the corner. There is plenty of buzz around here so I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to meet a few locals and get the best view of the sunset over the Blue Nile.
The Bridge leads to Tuti Island where a lot of the locals go to chill out in the sun, how they do it I don’t know! It was only a matter of time before I had a few curious locals approach me for a chat, some were shy, some not so shy.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a nice hotel, a quiet beach or jumping out of a plane but its times like these which I remember. Interactions which locals are priceless
A great introduction to Sudan and I already know why so many people love it here.
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SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of The Oil Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.
- Have you been to Sudan, what was your experience like?
- What do you think is the friendliest country in Africa?
Let me know in the comments below . . .