Roads less travelled

Trip Start Jul 13, 2010
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

So after being very looked after by the people of Dakhla we ventured forth to Mauritania.

There is no transport between the countries.  We managed to get a good deal and for 30quid each got a place in a banged out old Mercedes that was going across the border.  There is nothing for 350km, just desert!  After which you reach the end of Morocco.  After some border checks and a quick bride to the frontier police (some tea from our driver and some sweets from me) we were let out into no mans land.  Its about 1km to the Mauritanian border but as nobody owns the land its not been tarmacked, not only that its littered with land mines from the Saharan war.  The number of burnt out cars, shredded tires and the jolty ride are enough to make anyone nervous.  But 30minutes later we were at the Mauritanian border.  After a ridiculous number of passport checks (in one case we literally traveled 10 meters, the last check point was still clearly visible!) we finally made it to Nouadhibou (100km from the border)
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Jo jo on

you married kk off to a policeman to cross the border??!! nutters. me and will are loving the updates and photos very entertaining. it's matts birthday today - i'm off to get the cake out the oven. lots of love xxxxxxxxx

Pudsey on

Bed bugs? 30 hr bus journeys? Land mines? Honestly you two are utterly crackers. Reading all that has just made my bed seem extra comfy tonight. Sending much love to you both. Speak soon xx

sharmers on

rough with the smooth, sounds like your doing it all right. keep safe loversxxx

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