Some of you have left comments questioning not only my sanity, but why did I need a license to take pictures here? (I don't know; because Sudan said so) and how long I will be here? (Two years and/or until they boot me out of country, whichever comes first. My money is on the boot.)
Now onto more Exciting news!!!
I got my Photo permit!! I am legal to take photos (as long as they are not of military areas, bridges, train stations....blah blah....slum areas, beggars and other defaming subjects) of what exactly, I'm not sure... Naturally, I assume you're all as shocked as I was to learn that 2 Sudan days actually DO equal 2 US days.
I totally didn't see that coming. Totally didn't bring the camera with me either!
Here I was thinking my license/permit would be this official laminated thing - kind of like the State of Virginia gives you (only without the height/weight nonsense); but it turns out it's just a normal sized piece of paper with the info in Arabic and my picture stapled on it. I gotta admit, it's a little bit of a letdown. I was hoping for something much more "official" or "legal." Now I'm thinking I totally could have stapled a hideous picture of myself to a piece of paper scratched some Arabic on the paper and taken pics all over town.
I would have gotten caught. It's probably better this way. I don't need an additional challenge. Finding my way to and from work is enough (for now). I'll cause trouble later.
While we're on the subject of pictures -- I would like to know what on earth happened to my neck?? I went from neck rolls in all photos, to now what appears to be NO NECK on my photo license. In fact, if I am honest (which I rarely am) I kinda look like a man! If it weren't for the earrings and lipstick, I'd totally wonder if that were actually my photo (I never really thought I looked man-ish. I may have to re-evaluate some stuff now.) On the bright side, I can probably loan my license out to Josh if/when he ever shows up here. I'm thinking they won't be able to tell....
So tomorrow I will attempt to take some pics of Khartoum. Naturally, because I live in work in a maximum security prison courtesy of the USG, I'm not allowed to photograph the Embassy or our housing from the exterior; but you can be SURE I'm going to be posting pics of those puppies (who will likely move inside within a week. I have started to name them.)
It’s a shame that Josh never reads the whole blog post...there might have been time to put a stop to our acquisition of 5 Sudanese puppies! If only there had been a way to know what I was up to....
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