July 25, 2012. The contrast between Sudan and Egypt couldn’t have been more stark: while tourism is virtually unheard of in the former, the later’s economy is – at least in the cities along the Nile from Aswan to Luxor to Cairo – largely built on tourism. Sudan is beautiful with ancient history subtly scattered along the desert roads. And still the sights in Egypt are nothing short of breathtaking.

I am now in Cairo. Cape Town to Cairo is one of those mythical journeys in travelers’ dreams. I did it without even planning to. And I did it overland, on public transport. Yes, I am proud of that.

It is now time to think about returning home, to Berlin . Surprisingly there is no direct ferry connection between Egypt and Italy or Greece. The choice is this: very expensive cruise ship, freighter to Turkey or airplane. But before I make that call I am taking a few days off to go to Dahab at the Red Sea.

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