Sunday, March 22, 2009

Three Cities in One

A camel and her approximately one-day-old calf. My husband captured this beautiful scene on his first weekend trip into the Nubian desert

Today marks the 17th day since my husband left to start a new contract in the Sudan. (You can read about his departure here) He has resumed expat life easily while I am still struggling to get used to him being away. After 8 months at home (a first in 9 years of him being away), I find the house very quiet, day and night and of course, now when my globes blow, now I have to ask someone to replace them for me!

However, he phones me regularly and as we both love nature, he is able to tell me about the many different birds he is seeing on his trips out into the field. The first day he ventured into the desert, he saw and photographed a camel and her day-old baby.

Note: Tethering domestic camels is the local way of keeping them free-ranging rather than tying them to a post (thank goodness). They can graze freely without going too far, but they cannot kick each other. Just prior to my post, I read about this on a fellow blogger, Esther Garvi's blog which you can see here

The Sudan has a low annual rainfall; its weather is charatarised by sandstorms.

As with many African cities, in Khartoum you are not allowed to take photographs. My husband, being the most law-abiding person I have ever known, will not even take his camera when he goes shopping in the large, well-stocked supermarkets. Now me... So he has sent me a few photos taken from the top of his apartment and I have to be satisfied with that. (Until I visit him, that is, Ha;)

The Blue Nile runs along Khartoum on the Western side. The city comes to a point at the confluence of the White and Blue Niles. Its population has grown to over 5 million people. Khartoum, together with two other cities. Omdurman and Khartoum North (Bahri) – these cities are jointly called the tri-capital, constitute the National Capital of the Republic of Sudan.

The climate is mainly tropical. Summer months are from March to June, with temperatures in May (the hottest month) reaching 38°C/90°F. Autumn arrives in mid-July until end of September. Winter, the best time of the year, lasts from October to March, with temperatures of 24°C/75°F. This is also the best time to visit Khartoum and enjoy its tourism activities. Khartoum at sunset, taken from the rooftop of my husband's apartment

I don’t think my husband will find much time to formally tour the city, but he recounts various events and happenings as he works in and around the city, which I will post about until I go and visit him later this year.


  1. How exciting & interesting Jo - thanks for sharing these lovely photo's with us & glad to hear that your hubby is settling in. I have to be careful where and when I take photo's in Tanzania, too, so I know what it's like to have to be a bit sly with your camera ;)

  2. Thanks Lynda, yes we have to be careful and respect the local people's privacy. I think a movie camera (camcorder) evokes much more suspicion than a still camera. (Well, I like to tell myself that, because I only use the latter these days!) Hugs Jo

  3. Very interesting! Glad your DH is not having a hard time on his trip. How long will he be away? Hope you have lots of company while he's gone.

  4. He's away for three months and has a three week break. I have my son and dil and grandchildren here at the moment, so I have lots of company! We're all waiting for the arrival of my third grandchild, due on Friday. Hugs Jo

  5. Wow! I've never been to Sudan so anything from there is interesting! Cool to see the same way of keeping camels. The newborn is just too cute, and the sunset was beautiful!

  6. Yes, Esther, I'd just read about the tethered camels in your post, when I noticed that the camels in the photos from my husband were kept in the same way. I cannot wait to visit him in Khartoum! Hugs Jo


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