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The Logo Quiz, Again!

This time, Temima (center) and her friends (I’m afraid I forgot their names) were so kind as to hold DW’s new logo in front of this beautiful background. Can you guess which mountains we’re talking about here?

The pinnacle of these mountains is at 4543 metres

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7:51 am

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Impressions from the Sudan

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11:15 am

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A Mile With… Muhammad, The Hardware Dealer

Muhammad Kandir owns a little hardware shop in downtown Khartoum. Apart from being a hardware dealer he is also a car fanatic Mercedes owner and a devout football fan. It was interesting to talk to him about the Sudan, its politics and its future. Yet, when I took my camera out sports and cars were the only two topics he still wanted to speak about. Muhammad is a big fan of Khartoum’s Al Hilal Football Club and of course supports his country’s national team in the Africa Cup of Nations. On January 30th, they won their first match in the tournament in 42 years and Muhammad is confident that they will beat Zambia and proceed to the semi-finals.

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10:50 am

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It’s in the Sudan – but where exactly?

This is picture number three in our little quiz. Where do you think this picture was taken? Tell me in the comments or link to the exact position in Google Maps!

That is quite a lot of water down there - isn't it?

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8:12 am

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A little Break from Riding

Riding through the Sudan has been a great experience so far. The road between Wadi Halfa on the shore of Lake Nasser and the capital city Khartoum is well paved and the locals I’ve met along the way have been very friendly, frequently inviting me to tea or coffee. Or at least to water from their well:

Nothing more welcome than fresh water in the desert!

Everyone seems to be very concerned about Sudan’s image in the international media – an image that has been shaped by droughts and wars. And yes, by the authoritarian rule of Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power since 1989. Here is a billboard in Khartoum that speaks volumes:

Downtown Khartoum

Not so great was a little fall I had from my bike the other day, not riding carefully enough. Yet, I was lucky and only bruised my shoulder! I will be back on the bike soon and will keep you updated about the trip and the people I meet.

 

Luckily, it's just a torn ligament

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7:37 am

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