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August 02, 2012. Arriving in Alexandria I have returned to the Mediterranean almost 300 days after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. Three days of running around and trying to find passage into Europe have eaten up all but a faint memory of my vacation in Dahab. In the end I settled for a RoPax* ship that sails on Saturday from Port Said to Mersin.

That little excursion into Asia means I have to cobble together a plan of how to make it home from the Southeastern corner of Turkey.

The preliminary plan is to go as fast as possible (on overnight trains, busses and ferries) from Mersin to Kusadasi near Izmir, on to Greece via Samos, Pireas and Patras, and finally to Venice, Italy. From there I haven’t quite figured it our, yet.

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*RoPax = roll on / roll off + passenger ferry

Club Med

July 25, 2012. The contrast between Sudan and Egypt couldn’t have been more stark: while tourism is virtually unheard of in the former, the later’s economy is – at least in the cities along the Nile from Aswan to Luxor to Cairo – largely built on tourism. Sudan is beautiful with ancient history subtly scattered along the desert roads. And still the sights in Egypt are nothing short of breathtaking.

I am now in Cairo. Cape Town to Cairo is one of those mythical journeys in travelers’ dreams. I did it without even planning to. And I did it overland, on public transport. Yes, I am proud of that.

It is now time to think about returning home, to Berlin. Surprisingly there is no direct ferry connection between Egypt and Italy or Greece. The choice is this: very expensive cruise ship, freighter to Turkey or airplane. But before I make that call I am taking a few days off to go to Dahab at the Red Sea.

Cape Town to Cairo and beyond