Long time looking for an answer and finally I found it at the CangShan mountains (China) ... now I'm looking for the right question.
Dec 21, 2005 11:00 PM No way to Sudan! Damm!
After 2 weeks in Addis Abeba I realised that was impossible to get the Sudan Visa ... every day was a new requirement and a new problem ... It took me to much time to see that they just didn't want to give me the Visa for an unknown reason.
Anyway I really wanted to go to Sudan.
I think that the brave actions must go with determination and optimism so I decided to go to the border without a Visa.
In Gonder they say that is just 4 hours to do the 200km to Metema, the border.
It was 12 hours!!!
How is possible to do 200km in 12 hours??? -Africa!
2 tyres punched, water heated, ... 83 persones in an small bus in an inverosimil positions and 40 degrees under the African sun. .... what a hell journey!!
I slept in a mud hut ... there was nothing else available in Metema.
The next moorning I went to the border, no problem at the Ethiopian side .... then at the Sudan side.... lot of problems!
The immigration officer asked me for the Visa.
No Visa. I tried to pay there, to bribe them, to talk to them, everything ..... nothing worked.
The officer only repeated the same sentence all the time: -GO TO ETHIOPIA! He didn't even tryed to help me or to hear me!!
I wanted to cross so I tryed many times to talk to him but finally he took his Kalashnikov pointed my feet and told me for the last time: -GO TO ETHIOPIA, NOW!
I went back to the border bridge and stayed there thinking.
I was between 2 countries, no visa for any of them ... mmmm!!!
I thought to cross without a Visa, that was my plan B.
The 2 tanks and the armed soldiers made me change my mind, that was not a good idea.
I came back to Ethiopia and they accepted me back.
Nice people, they understood my situation.
The same day I took again the bus to Gonder, 12 hours, 40 degrees, 90 people, horrible road .... no success to Sudan!
Damm!! At least I tryed!
Nov 21, 2005 11:00 PM Adventure is on the road.
After the national referendum in Kenya all seems to be more relaxed.
My truck-bus to the Ethiopian border leaves at 14:00.
24 hours by horrible roads, sometimes not even roads in a dangerous area cause of the bandits there.... that's what they told me.
Anyway I must go to Ethiopia!
After the all night in the truck I will arrive to Moyale, the border.
Then one more day in an ethiopian bus to shashemene and the 4th day more road to Addis Abeba.
4 days on bad and dangerous roads instead fo 2 hours flight direct from Nairobi to Addis Abeba...... the adventure is on the road.
Oct 02, 2005 10:00 PM Finally ... Kampala.
10 hours of bus, a horrible Van Dame movie, a worst ugandan movie and an even worst DVD of rap and Hip Hop videos ... I arrived to Kampala, Uganda.
Is a really big city!! Coming from Rwanda is like come back to the urban civilitzation.
Noise, pollution, thousands of cars driving chaotically up and down, thousands of people on their own busines, big buildings, .... back to reality.
Is so hot!! Sunny and hot. A good hat is a must if you want to walk the city.
Tomorrow I will start an early exploration of that city and of that new country.
Sep 28, 2005 10:00 PM Gorillas in the ... sun!!
What an amazing day!!!!
Three days raining made me be really worried about my visit to the mountain Gorillas but ..... wow!!
I was very lucky today.
An amazing sun start to shine from the early morning and that was only the begining cause then I walk to the entrance to the ORTPN and there was not too much people there.
Wasn't a busy day.
So I had the great chance to choose the group of Gorillas ... and I obviously choosed the SUSA group.
40 gorillas, 4 Silverbacks, 2 Black backs, some big females and lot of babies!!!
The scenery was just indescriptable, the 5 volcanoes were clearly shown and after 1'5 hours of treking up the volcano they were there!!!
The Gorillas start to appear ... one by one, I saw the 4 silverbacks!!!!
What a great thing!!
They are amazing, powerful, beautiful and wild!
OH! I can't wait to have the chance to share some pictures with all the globies!
And the gorillas are so expresive, their faces are so comunicative, I don't know how to explain it ... ??? You all have to come to Rwanda to see the Gorillas if you have the chance.
I really enjoyed it! Was a great moment to never forget.
Sep 26, 2005 10:00 PM Ruhengeri, Rwanda ... just waiting.
I'm currently in Ruhengeri, Rwanda.
Just waiting for the 29th cause I have a reservation to go to the Parc National des Volcans to see my gorillas in the mist.
I think it was a good idea even because of the 375Usd$ that it cost!!! A little abusive, don't you think??
Anyway I will go tomorrow to Kinigi, the entrance of the parc to stay there the night before and be sure that I will be there at 06:30, as at the ORTPN told me.
I just hope that will not rain on thursday ... will see.