George, the owner of Hotel Acropolis, got us tickets to the party at the Germany Embassy for US60. It will always be remembered as the best New Year’s Party. The “Who is Who” of Khartoum was present, diplomats, businesspeople from all corners of the world as well as lots of Sudanese.
What made it so special? The beautiful location in the garden of the embassy, the great music that brought young and old on the dance floor, the tasty food and above all the well assorted bar: we loved it so much. Going home in the wee hours, we crossed the Nile, dark and mysterious flowing below. What a way to start the New Year.
Sailing on the Nile
A few days after the New Year’s Party Kelly and I were so lucky again. We were inquiring at the Blue Nile Sailing Club about a boat trip on the Nile, when we ran into Tom. A local of Khartoum, we got to know at the New Year’s Party. He immediately invited us to join him and his friends for a boat trip that evening. The most amazing experience, we anchored in the middle of the Blue Nile near Tuti Bridge drank tea, smoked Shisha and enjoyed the quiet breeze.
The sailing club is where the “who is who” of Khartoum meet. The Minister of Sports was playing card at the next table and when Tom heard that Alice and Christian, two Austrian film makers we met, were asked to pay a 200 US entrance fee for Dina National Park, he promised to intervene because it seemed completely over the top, and sure it was.