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Day 14 (Friday 20th of February)
Today we will leave Morocco and cross the border into Maurethania. Since this is quite a process we have a guide named Sidi. He would stay with us throughout our time in Maurethania.
We get out of bed at 5am already and leave the hotel with all cars in convoy to the border, some 300km away. We arrive at the Moroccon side of the border at around 11:00 where the long waiting begins. Sidi told us there is ...
We were pre-warned before we approached the border to Mauritania that the crossing could take us some time even though we had already sorted our visas. Last years group took a record 7 hours to get through.
We filled up with a hot dog breakfast before heading to the border arriving at 10am. Ishi flirted with some border guards and was told that we could take the truck to the front of the lorry queue but when he called his ...
It was another quiet night and we
continue onward to Mauritania. We passed the Tropic of Cancer today,
it had the usual monument, although this time just a truck tyre with
the words written on. We have made good time and have arrived at the
border at 3.15. Have to queue to go through a vehicle x ray scanner,
we were through and cleared by 5.20, but Michael had then to go to
passport and customs control and he seems to have disappeared. At
... stepping stone to follow their European dream, but recent tightening of controls had made that route difficult. We wished him well in his quest as we got off at the lonely building in the middle of nowhere in the afternoon sunshine with an hour to go before the scheduled departure time of the fabled Iron Ore train to Zoeurat.
The Iron Ore train brings ore from the mines in Zouerat to Nouadhibou port. The railway line is owned by the SNIM company that operates the ...
... itself was a slight improvement, but not by very much.
We had identified a couple of lodging options in advance and the taxi dropped us in front of one of them (which on hindsight turned out to be longish walk from the city center). Having settled in, we went out in search of a meal and to our dismay found that all restaurants were either closed or did not have anything on the menu (if they had a menu) that suited our tastes. Fortunately we were able to ...