Today the advice from SVP changed to avoiding crowded places, rather than having to stay indoors. I had been invited to go to an Arabic/English Exchange class this afternoon, so I was pleased about that. As instructed I went to the local bus station but had great difficulty locating the right bus. Finally a very helpful gentleman put me on the bus. I called to let Judith, who runs the exchange, know I was on my way so she could meet me at the other end. Unfortunately her phone was switched off, so I was unable to contact her. As a result I arrived at a completely unfamiliar place with no idea where to go. After waiting a while I decided to go back to the flat. I asked some people at a tea stall where to catch the bus to Arabi. They invited me to sit and drink some tea with them while I waited for the bus, which I did. We had a nice chat. The tea lady absolutely refused payment. This goes above and beyond the hospitality I have experienced in Khartoum so far. I strongly suspect that it is ordinary people’s way of showing their solidarity against the video/embassy protests situation.
the month that I have been in Sudan everyone I have talked to, without
exception, has been very keen for friendly relations with the outside world.