Monday, March 1, 2010

Blogger Writes her Own Travel Warning for Sudan

Port SudanImage via Wikipedia
Michel of FS blog, Facts Are Strictly Optional, is always a hoot to read. Earlier last week she posted about diving with sharks in the Sudan (see I was Swimmin with the Fishes, Yo!).  On Wednesday, she posted about how to include sharks into her conversation at work.   “…nobody really stops to consider how difficult it is to weave that naturally into a conversation.  You have to work at it.” 

In case her readers plan on traveling to Port Sudan, she mercifully wrote an “Updated (and more Useful) Travel Warning” complete with current time, etc. 

Travel Warning United States Department of State
by Michel

This information is current as of today, Fri Feb 26 2010 22:12:58 GMT+0200 (GTB Standard Time).Wed Feb 24 2010 06:26:53 GMT+0300. (nobody knows what time that is in actuality.  It's an enigma, wrapped around a mystery.  We put it on the warnings so that you have something to do while you pretend to read the below....)


You have to read the whole thing.  Excerpt below for those who are living behind 8-foot concrete walls topped with steel plates and concertina wires, who may appreciate this:

The U.S. Embassy is located at Sharia Ali Abdul Latif, Khartoum; tel. (249) 1-8701-6000.  However, we may move into the new Embassy that was recently built at any given moment because we cannot seem to pick a firm date for the move.  We recommend U.S. citizens drive around and locate what would appear to be a maximum security prison.  This is likely the U.S. Embassy or my house.

Somebody named Madam Le Consul posted in the blog:.
LOVE the travel warning! It is so, so, so what we want to really write instead of the dull blah that will make it to Brilliant!

I hope  the Bureau of Consular Affairs and have since developed a sense of humor.   


A Daring Adventure said...

It's so funny that you just posted about "Facts are Strictly Optional" - I had just found that blog yesterday - and where has it been all my life?! She is utterly hysterical!

LOVED her letter about her cap sleeves shirt...

And you- "I hope ... have since developed a sense of humor..." Oh, SNAP!

diplopundit said...

I found her through Digger's blog list. She should be required reading for those going to Sudan! But those with one string less in their humor DNA may fail to appreciate Michel's lessons and wisdom.