Long day of flights ahead ... wishing to give a little touch to that little Oli whose "small museum" will expand today with a small family of ebony carved clouds that will unite the Tibetan bowl that I brought in April last year.
Photos of Sudan. I went to Sudan haunted by its archeology and came in love with its people.
I always say it but I repeat myself… these departure times for flights should be prohibited! It is 3 in the morning when the Turkish Airlines plane takes off from Khartoum airport to the always beautiful Istanbul, 1 hour late, the same as our intermediate scale. Why? Strict control of airport entrance where they check not only that you do not carry stone or sand but also rings or jewelry purchased in a market. Billing (some have packed the suitcase). Paper exit and passport control. New passport control. Departure from customs. Hand bag control with a thousand problems to everyone, to each one for one thing. Boarding control and 4 of the group tell us that they have found something in our bags so a person "undoes" all the previous controls, takes us out of the airport, takes us to a luggage belt area and there is strict police control where they make you open EVERYTHING EVERYTHING by finding every last stone (in my case nothing). Start again and arrival by the hairs on boarding. Flight 1 hour delayed ... and, despite everything, some arrived with some stone of those left in the shoes. Anyway…
Two routes followed by 4 and a half hours of flight and a run through the airport corridors that, after getting stuck in the sand several times, losing two cars, puncturing and many other unforeseen events, makes us increase the list of inclemencies losing Javi at the Istanbul Airport closing the door in the same noses (arrives on a later flight). Hopefully someday the robots replace these types of people without any human sensitivity. The rest we finally arrived in Madrid around 12'00 and said goodbye to the David Pobes expedition, as we have called during all these days, for Juve and I to put final destination to A Coruña.
It is a good time to go back in time to that first sunset in Khartoum but today not to remember sites, archaeological sites and moments, but perhaps in a different way. I have to say something loud and clear that I have dropped throughout the newspaper: I WENT TO SUDAN EMBRUJADO BY THAT FORGOTTEN CIVILIZATION UNDER THE SANDS OF THE DESERT AND COME IN LOVE OF THE SMILE OF HIS PEOPLE
There are people who, far from their rulers and the manipulated news, have shown us their love in our travels and I always take out in my conversations. He Persian people, Syrian, Burmese or Uzbek have always been my favorites. Do you know what number 1 will be now? Thank you Nubian people!
Farewell to Sudan ... for the moment
The boarding call of our flight A Coruña sounds. Oli, Nico and Paula are already only an hour away. I know how Nico is going to receive me, jumping and licking every part of me, haha, but I want to see my little girl who is still just 1 year old. I don't want to forget something that is rarely said. No trip would be the same without a group like this. It was already in Botswana but here, again, Isi and Patri have been those people who transmit a positive energy that can with everything, David and Noe the purest illusion, Javi a fundamental piece in the gear ...
... and you dear Stopper (haha), the missing element so that something big comes out of here tomorrow. Do we get with it?
I want to see the shots that we have also brought with Perejildo, our drone Mavic Pro, which has flown through Sudan much more than I thought at the beginning
A Chavetas's new travel diary closes, one more to join those different, unusual and inspiring trips that I like so much, with a touch of adventure and even expedition, but always thought of as one more person who, without being a backpacker, would have liked to be born some past century. If I have been able to travel to Sudan "as the neighbor of the fifth" (Cristina, it will remain forever, haha), why not you? Until the next adventure1
Isaac (along with the Pobes Expedition), already from A Coruña (Spain)
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