Bribing the police

Trip Start Nov 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 08, 2013

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Flag of Mauritania  , Nouakchott,
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

11th December We had a full drive day to Nouakchott. First thing it was very cool and foggy - we were close to the sea - but got drier as we headed East inland, into the desert, and hotter. We then turned South. We were stopped by over a dozen police checkpoints. After dinner a few of us went into town for a coffee. Camped.
12th December All those travelling on Australian or New Zealand passports had to go to the Senagalese embassy for visas. They were told that they needed a 90 day Mauratanian visa (as opposed to the transit visas we had) to get a Senegal visa. We got in touch with the local Police Commisionnaire who 'helped' everyone get the correct form, for a price (US$120 each). It was, of course, the wrong form, but the applications were submitted with these forms, but with no guarantee of getting the visas, and no money back! They were told to return at noon on Thursday. As Amanda is an Aussie, and Marianne was helping translate, I had to do the cookgroup shop on my own, and vegetables are hard to come by in Nouakchott, and the meat I wouldn't have fed to a dog - a veggie meal for all tonight. Camped.
13th December For breakfast we went out & bought fresh baguettes. The visas were not ready at noon! Cade and Amanda went back at 3pm, and the visas were done. Camped.
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