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Nouadibou- Our First Meeting with Mauritania

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The border crossing between Morocco/ Western Sahara and Mauritania went smoothly. We had to wait a cou
ple of hours on each side and pay a hefty visa fee of 120 euros each and we were through. On the other side we could feel that there was a whole new adventure awaiting. People were different. There were much more donkey carts on the streets, people seemed poorer and many shops and markwt stands barely had any goods in them. We were in black man’s Africa.
The city of Nouadibou was small and the main street could be walked up and down several times in just an hour. The most interesting part of the city was in the outskirts, like the World’s longest train transporting iron from a mine in Zouerat and a lighthouse we visited on our way out. By the lighthouse there was also a beach with thousands of birds that were fun to chase and a Monk seal weighing over 300kgs. Apparently they are pretty rare and can only be found on this very peninsula and in the Mediterranean.
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