On April 6th 1981 I was In Khartoum, making final preparations for returning home.
|Khartoum at Sunset: My picture|
I made a quick farewell trip over to Tuti Island and enjoyed once again the country in the middle of the city. We did a trip over into Omdurman and walked around the souk, but my heart was not in it. I was ready to go home.
I ran into many old friends as the teachers started to come back after the teaching was over. The teachers in the north seemed more satisfied than those in the south and there was plenty of talk of coming back. My friend Richard had done a great trek with a horse called Huxley out near the Chad border. Some people from the far north had been starting camel journeys. Indeed I'd heard of one teacher who had been doing real desert journeys: Michael Asher's book "In Search of the Forty Days Road" would be published in 1984, providing great evidence that Sudan was at that time one place in the world where ways of life remained which were unconnected to the modern world. He may have made some of the last great journeys that remained to be made by Europeans.
|Omdurman Souk: My Picture|