The S.S. Sudan

Although it is quite chilly here – well comparatively at 19 c. and windy – we are being thoroughly spoiled. Amir the manager is most attentive – we all received flowers in our staterooms ( which appears to have put the french women on board into a collective snit) and gave Wendy a lovely pendant as a returning gift! My red hair is having its usual effect on the staff and I have been known to take advantage shamelessly. The ship is a delight; all polished mahogany and brass fittings, an elegant bar and waiters in purple embroidered galabeyas. Our rooms are small of course but kitted out in Edwardian splendour – it took me at least five minutes to figure out the shower system and there is a functional rotary dial telephone on the wall!

Today we have a rather leisurely morning so a chance to write or chat or simply to watch the shore which finally does look like I expected. The river is wide and rather shallow with little islands appearing here and there – it keeps the pilot on his toes. Then there is a narrow band of green – fields and date palms; small herds of sheep or goats and the inevitable braying of jacks (I’ve never actually heard a female donkey bray but the males certainly have volume and range). Beyond the vegetation, ancient sandstone cliffs are crumbling down and I can just imagine the hidden tombs yet to be found!

Oh – have to dash – Amir has arranged a cooking class with the chef for us – and gain us another glare from the women sitting in the lounge. Oops!

One thought on “The S.S. Sudan

  1. Looks soothing, exotic and exciting! Told you to watch out for those Radicals. French women can be quite easily offended … !

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