A few weeks ago, a friend took Krista and I on a day trip to the Meroe pyramids and the royal city. I had been once before, staying for several days with a large group of volunteers in Rami's home village. It was great to have this opportunity to go back. The site was the capital of the Kingdom of Kush for a few hundred years around the time of Christ.
We got an early start and watched the sun rise on the outskirts of Bahri as we headed north.
The long drive into the desert was surprisingly uneventful. I waited until after we'd started the trip to warn my carmates that cars I'm travelling in usually break down on long journeys.
|Looking at southern pyramids from northern, with camelmen in forefront, hopeful we'll buy a short ride.|
We left the pyramids behind and met Rami and another volunteer in the village. Rami made us a delicious breakfast before we all headed to the ancient royal city.
After looking around the royal city, we waited at the gate for a while until Rami caught up with us. Some kind guards (or a tour guide service, I'm not sure who), unexpectedly made us this amazing lunch.
I considered buying some of the curios for sale. I didn't in the end, probably too influenced by growing up surrounded by curios in Malawi. I did get to talk to a young 9-year-old vendor, though, and she let me snap her picture.
From there we drove home, stopping once on the way to drink juice. Delicious. I love how popular juice is in Sudan.