Plans Unravelled - New Plans Made.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
We needed to make new plans.
We had return flights booked from Dubai to Khartoum, Sudan, for a 4 day visit due to leave 2 days after we arrived in Dubai (from South America). We had booked these after Ebony's January Emirates work roster had come out and we knew she would be away for these days but back after wards when we could have some good catch up time together. Sudan is steeped in history and has some ancient pyramids not far from Khartoum (think Wilbur Smith books, and many movies of Britains failed epic effort to retain control) that can be viewed, we had read, without all the crowds of tourists around, as per in Egypt
We arrived back from South America the night of Thursday the 20th and had some brief catch up time with Ebony before some sleep, then seeing her off for her departure for work (to New York) at 5.30am. Later in the day, we were researching accommodation options for Khartoum and couldn't find any. We had read that there was some ongoing political strife due to the South wanting to cecede from the North and so went on to the Australian Government Travel Advisory Website and found the Australian Government listed it as a "Do Not Travel" category and further more no "visas on arrival" were being issued. Whoops!
Sudan was not going to happen this trip.
We spent Saturday the 22nd, the day we were supposed to have been flying, debating whether to go somewhere else or bring forward out flights back to Australia which were not scheduled for 12 more days. Looking at Ebony's work schedule we knew we could spend Australia Day with her and a few days around it, but she was pretty much working for the rest of the time. She would however be back the night before we were due to fly out for Australia
Ebony suggested Nepal.
We had planned for Nepal to be on our next trip but somehow the idea took hold. We got on the Internet and found some extremely cheap flights with a new airline "Fly Dubai" that Ebony had suggested we try - got excited - and booked to depart early Thursday 27th Jan, the day after Australia Day, returning the night before we were due to fly back to Australia.
We double checked the visa status was "on arrival"!
So with a new plan in place we enjoyed a couple of days of rest and relaxation at Ebony's apartment and got to know her flatmates, Michelle and Juliet. Ebony came back Monday night and we enjoyed time together on Tuesday, having a late breakfast out, going to the movies and the Dubai Mall. Wednesday was Australia day but we had trouble finding any function that was offering anything special for lunch
In the end it was to the nearby "Irish Club" we went to celebrate Australia Day. (A bit of an oxymoron or just - "Irish"!) We had a great lunch, then Ebony pulled scrabble out of her bag and we enjoyed 2 games, with Ebony the winner of both. Our concession to it being Australia
Day was Ebony and I drank Fosters beer but Avan stuck to the wine (supposedly Australian shiraz).
So, buoyed up, and ready to visit a new and different country, we went back to the apartment for an early night, ready for the morning's flight to Kathmandu - excited that Khartoum was now Kathmandu and sure that we would find it to be our metaphoric "butterfly" of change.