MILLENARY BUEAUCRACY….

Egypt was a great organised state, with an effective state apparatus, already 5000 years ago. Since then, apparently the system has kept building-up and get more complicated, so much so that today’s Egyptian bureaucracy is unequalled in its complexity. When we arrived last thursday, the port Ghalib Marina office, the only one in Egypt which is allowed to perform the … Continua a leggere

NEW PHOTOS!

After a long interval, we finally found a decent internet connection and managed to load a lot of new photos on our photo-albums, at the following addresses: http://fotoalbum.alice.it/alice/gianfranco.balducci/bwr200709parte4/ and http://fotoalbum.alice.it/alice/gianfranco.balducci/bwr200709parte5/ We hope you will like them; it’s been a very rich section of the voyage and it’s been tough selecting only a limited number of pictures!

SAND…

We have sand everywhere, even the windward side of the rigging is brown, all ropes are brown, and our T-shirts are streaked in brown, it’s a lost battle!! After 3 days in a marsa with thye wind blowing at nearly 40 knots (the desert is not the best shelter from the wind!) the forecasts were promising three days of light … Continua a leggere

MARSAS, KHOR, SHARM…

We are at anchor in a marsa! Or, to be precise, in a khor, which is a marsa at the estuary of a wadi (complicated people, hereabout!). We are in Khor Shin’ab, a huge twisting cove extending for a couple of miles inland, along the northern shores of Sudan. All around the desert and low, rocky hillocks. In the distance … Continua a leggere

QAT AND CARAVANS…

A couple of things I forgot to mention about Djibouti: In these places it is quite common to see people chewing the leaves of a small branch: it’s the QAT, or KHAT, whose leaves have a mild allucinogen effect, a bit like coke leaves. They may be bland, but by evening one risks to be a bit dizzy, to say … Continua a leggere

DJIBOUTI!!!

We left Djibouti a couple of days ago, after about one week spent in this former French colony. We have been able to restore our stock of hard-to-find foods, but for quite a price: everything here is very expensive and the locals seem bent on relieving us of our currency, even to the point of coming aboard at night and … Continua a leggere