A couple of weeks ago, I landed back in the UK after a long journey back from Kassala, a town in Eastern Sudan on the border with Eritrea. I'd been filming for the NGO Muslim Aid - discovering amazing ginger flavoured coffee and driving into remote tribal villages.
I knew zilch about Sudan before I left - and found myself loving the country and the people. It's not an easy place. We waited in our hotel in Khartoum for 2.5 days for paperwork and permissions to be sorted. It's very hot and dusty, and you've got to like chicken or fried fish or you're in trouble.
The trip to Kassala was long (about ten hours) but we enjoyed tea breaks, mango breaks and some of the team caught up with some much needed sleep (see below)
Filming out in the villages was very rewarding - although challenging. For some people, we had double translations required (from the local dialect to Arabic to English). There were mini sandstorms popping up everywhere. And after a few hours we had drunk all our reserves of bottled water. There were herds of camels everywhere - apparently used mostly for their meat - which is very tough but preferred by some tribes over beef.
To be continued...