Day 40 of the Cycle to Rwanda. – Sudan
After a long day in the saddle the previous day (147 miles in 47 degree heat!) eating meat, pitta bread, jam and drinking water from the Nile (there was nowhere else to drink for much of the journey!) I spent the night in Nubia House in the lovely town of Dongola (Arabic: دنقلا, romanized: Dunqulā)
After a few hours sleep, I allowed sometime to visit a couple of local sights. Catching bicycle taxi and then a small ferry, I headed to the Island near Dongola. A real oasis, away from life and a calming place to spend a few hours.
Boarding the ferry I was the novelty – they don’t get many blond haired westerners here!
Wandering around, enjoying being off the bike, I shot a few images and chatted to many of the locals. One young Sudanese chap caught my attention.
Abdul Baatin was a local trader and farmer on the Island. Using a mixture of nods, broken English and basic Arabic we made conversation for a while.
I shot some portraiture of Abdul, but the image that caught my mind and emphasised the feeling of peace, tranquillity and a beautifully basic life was this capture of Abdul drinking from a clay pot on the banks of the Nile.