All posts under Africa 2010

Barbastro

Hey hey! Ed are on our first night away from the warm embrace of my Spanish family, and currently a day’s ride away from Barcelona. We left Lodosa this morning and rode idly down tertiary roads all the way to Barbastro, which is a nice little city (much to our surprise).[…]

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Barcelona

I’m currently in Barcelona. Ed and I arrived yesterday in the afternoon from Barbastro,  I have since bought myself a mobile phone with the intent of getting it unlocked, so I can use it in Africa; however, after buying it and taking it to be unlocked, I’ve been informed it’s[…]

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Bologna, Italy

Well hi there, we’re in Bologna, Italy! So we’ve finally left Spain which is much to the scepticism of some that this trip was about crossing Africa.  Our stay in Barcelona was a blast, and while I was on the ferry trying to piece together in my diary what I[…]

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Egypt?!

Ok not yet, but give me 4 days and a day of Visa processing and I’ll be riding my trusty little bike in the Middle East/Africa. Today, Ed and I have been walking the alleyways of Venice and doing all the usual tourist things of photographing gondolas and posing on[…]

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Alexandria

Hi just a quick line to let you all know that I’m now officially in Africa. …and another few lines to tell you: Yesterday, we pulled in to Alex at 2pm… spent 4 hours in customs being issued visas, insurance, driver’s license, number-plates and everything else… all in the baking[…]

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Cairo

So I got as far as the Pyramids! Sorry I didn’t make more of an effort with the appearance….. 4 hours riding in 40 degrees with a jacket on, and the last 30 minutes was in traffic. Just a catch up for the past few days. Firstly: the ferry, 4[…]

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Cairo (roof top)

Well, the news is that we’ve been to the Sudanese embassy this morning, and submitted our visa applications and have been told that they’ll be processed and ready for collection Monday morning. We then, need to zoom off to the Ethiopian embassy and apply for that visa. So we’re currently[…]

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Pyramids

So today, Craig and I went off to see the sphinx and ended up seeing the pyramids… and the sphinx… OK it cost me a little more than I wanted to part with, but I guess it’s not everyday you get to ride a camel in the desert, haggle with[…]

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Abu something (maybe Abu-Sir)

  So, yesterday we (6 of us: Matt & Kim, Craig, Cam, Ed and I) went on a rollercoaster ride with a Egyptian named Ali, who took us to his home village to meet his wife, eat his food and give us a closed-doors tour of the step pyramids at[…]

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Fear & Loathing in Cairo

Hi all, I’ve now been in Cairo for 7 days!!! I have managed to get 1 visa. Woot! The bad news: tomorrow is some holiday and the Ethiopian embassy wont be open until Thursday. However, the visas will not be processed until after the weekend (keep in mind Arabic weekends[…]

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the Suez Canal & Ismalia

5684|450 So since Cairo, we (the famous 6 of us), set off at 10am rode up to Ismailia to see the Suez Canal, spent a good while looking for a view-point. Eventually found something similar and settled for it. 5705|450 We later rode on south until dark (just past the Suez[…]

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Hurghada

So yesterday we arrived in Hughada around midday, we had set off at 7am as mentioned in the previous post. (I’ve written two posts if you haven’t noticed). (Campsite photo belongs to: Matt & Kim) 5717|450 Our ride down the coast, was somewhat boring, but at the same time had[…]

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Luxor

So it’s my great news to tell you that I’ve now arrived at Luxor; all right, 2 days ago…  my first impression  whilst riding down the Neil Nile from Qina was: “Wow! Egypt has greenery!!”. However, going for a leisurely walk later, after pitching up at our campsite, and being harassed by[…]

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(finally) Sudan

I’m very pleased to tell you that I’m finally in Sudan, the standard of living has gone down, the cost of living has gone up.. but finally we’re not longer in Egypt… and that is a good thing! Back-tracking a week; we left Luxor on Thursday and arrived in Aswan[…]

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Khartoum!

Heya, I’m currently in Khartoum! It’s proving harder and harder to get online now, apologies for the long wait! Wadi Halfa Well we decided to take the desert route to Abu Hamed from Wadi-halfa with 300+ kilometers of sand tracks across the desert. The tracks follow a disused railway and[…]

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