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Day 17 (Monday 23rd of February)
We woke up today in the sand dunes near the beach. We quickly packed our stuff and drove down the sand dunes on to the beach. We were ready to leave but the Volvo got stuck so we had to push it out of the sand. Once on the beach, the Volvo turned out to have more mechanical problems as well so we still could not yet leave. Time was pressing though: high tide would come soon and we were in danger of loosing the cars ...
3 November Mauritania
Well here we are in Mauritania and in the capital city of Nouakchott
Things could be any more different now
No more rain, just temperatures up in the high 30's, I didn’t even need to put up the rain sheet on my tent, it would have been a great night, until holy Joe kicked off at 4am calling everyone to prayers, two cats having a fight ...
... alert (this is on the Mauritanian side, the Moroccan side was just glad to see the back of us I think, we got through there in under 10 minutes)
There are money changers, sellers of all kinds of stuff, none of it worth buying though, we just sat on the truck while Steve and Joe went off to sort the truck out and we just waited and waited
Well as time went on, nothing was happening, so we got lunch out and had that on the truck, it seems the bloke who signs ...
... check, if we are really here now. but these stops are usually handled with a smile, a hand shake, a warm salam 'alaikum and a piece of paper which they call "fiche". its a piece of paper where you note down all your details and after they get the fiche they send you off with a salute. these kinds of stops you will find everywhere in the country, even in the remotest villages in the middle of the desert as we were allowed to find out later.
... toppled over, but this aside it was still a magnificent display of talent by all the chefs.
I rejoined Ann, Mike & David in the bar by which time the Irish entertainer had been joined by the Comedian who could also sing and play keyboard. They apparently had not seen each other or been on the same cruise for some years. Totally unrehearsed the two of them entertained us with many sing-a-long songs from the 50's & 60's. It was a brilliant end to my very Happy birthday.