I had my Blackberry unlocked and a Sudanese SIM card installed today, much to my relief. I was pleased to see that I can still get my emails without having to re-set the phone. For lunch I went out and found a stall selling tamiya (a Sudanese style falafel).Later in the day, Rami, the SVP coordinator, came and took my passport and photos so he can organise internal visas and a resident’s visa for me. He told me that I will be going to a town called Ed Damer, which is on the River Nile, to the north of Khartoum. It is a state capital, quite near Meroe, where the famous pyramids are. Becca also came and we had a chat. We were told that two more volunteers, a couple, were arriving this evening. Raj will share with the husband and I will share with the wife. I tidied the room to make room as my unpacked suitcases were using up the whole room.
In the evening I went in search of food and found a kebab stall. The kebab was very much smaller than in the UK and much tastier. When I came back, the new volunteers had arrived. Their names are Jennifer and Martin, and they had just arrived from Ethiopia where they were teaching at a summer school. They were totally shattered.