Pole to Pole
Day 66: Atbara to Khartoum
Surrounding the room is a wide balcony with a couple of cane chairs, and it is from here, soon after 6.30 in the morning, that I look down onto a green and pleasant garden, in which a pair of security guards are fast asleep. They are not just asleep at their posts, they are asleep in their beds, at their posts.
Having packed my bags for the thirty-fifth time since the North Pole, I make my way to what is proudly signposted as the Dining-Room, and after a remarkably good breakfast, including porridge, we catch the bus to Khartoum. The bus is built onto a Bedford chassis, circa 1956, and richly decorated in bright primary colours like some 1960s hippy caravan. It is 'air conditioned', which means open at the sides.
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