We are in Khartoum today, it is baking hot as you can see from the pic I took in the car yesterday.
We bumped into another over landing Kiwi yesterday who gave us tons of great advice so thanks to Darren in his Defender! Darren has been travelling for two and a half years now so he is a pro… and very committed!
We also met a French couple in Wadi Halfa who have travelled in their Defender for 18 months now… Canada, US, South America and then Jo’burg to France. They were also lovely to chat to and had some great recommendations for the countries we are yet to visit. Did I mention they also had FIVE CHILDREN. Five! So all 7 have lived in their Defender for 18 months, how inspirational is that!
We have spent the last 5 days travelling with two Italian bikers, Roberto and Andreas, really great guys full of the textbook Italian passion! They have headed for the border today so good luck to them both and maybe we will catch them again in Ethiopia.
Anyway, we are now a bit grounded in Khartoum as we have an empty fuel tank, no more cash and Visa cards do not work anywhere in the country. Brilliant! Hopefully HSBC and Western Union can help us out swiftly 😦
Jo and Rich x
This was the mosque outside our room in Istanbul. It was snowing quite heavily when I took this picture but can’t really tell. The calls for prayer started veeeery early!!
If you are planning a visit then you must check out Hotel Ada in the “old town”, it was brilliant http://www.adaistanbul.com/
So this is Greece. Not sure how inspired I am to return for a “summer” holiday although the weather was MUCH better than the whole of Italy.
Our drive from the Italian ferry took us almost to the other side of Greece within an easy drive of the Turkish border… Probably would have continued through to near Istanbul but after using all our €’s on the ferry over night we have a pile of toll charges to pay at the bank that is only open on Monday’s. Well planned eh.
Verona! Tis beautiful too… Arrived this evening and have had a brief/very cold wander through the streets of the old town. One of the most pretty Italian cities I’ve seen and we only had a couple of hours in the dark. I got in trouble for venturing into the “it’s better than Florence!” territory.
Attempting to reach Bari tomorrow but it will be a long day that involves getting up very early, not our best attribute at all.