More fine sand blew through the mosquito net during the night. Found this chap lurking under my top box!

A beetle underneath my top box on the sand

Bought a SIM card yesterday, but the internet connection is very weak. Almost non-existent! Stood right next to [what I think is] a cell phone tower, but can't get internet.

Mobile phone towers in Mauritania

Going through no man's land yesterday, there were lots of abandoned cars. I've seen a few here in Mauritania. They're often completely stripped. Also, the occasional burnt out one!

Abandoned car in Mauritania

Stopped in Chami for food and fuel. Found an empanada that had less onion and fish than was advertised, but tasty nonetheless! The case was made of bread instead of pastry.

Empanada with onion and fish in Mauritania

The main street is lined with solar power lights.

Solar power lights in Chami, Mauritania Solar power lights in Chami, Mauritania

I passed two disused fuel stations and this one had no Essence (petrol in UK). I'm aware that essence is less common in fuel stations than gasoil (diesel in UK) in Mauritania and they can run out.

Petrol station in Chami, Mauritania Petrol station in Chami, Mauritania

A group of camels crossed the road today. Thought I was doing the right thing by stopping to let them pass but this driver clearly thought different!

Camels crossing road in front of van in Mauritania

Passed more checkpoints today. At one, the policeman pointed at my watch and pointed at him. I played dumb and said no.

Found a hotel in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. I camped on the grounds and used the facilities. Really nice guys running it and a lovely security guard too. The guard gave me some of his washing powder for cleaning my mess tin! The hotel has a cool camel sign with LEDs that change colour!

I now really relish having a wash. Feels so good seeing lots of dirty water run across a white shower floor! Sand gets everywhere out here, especially when it's blown into the tent whilst sleeping.

After washing, I discovered two groups of bikers had arrived. There are two Swiss on a Super Tenere and a Triumph Tiger, and two Italians on a Honda Transalp.

Keeping track of time seems to have diminished. I was one hour ahead of the time change between Morocco and Mauritania. Then, I was chatting to my Dad and realised I was a day behind!

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