In Karthoum we had a 1st contact on the phone with our fixer in Wadi Halfa.
Some time ago, in Nairobi we have learned what a fixer is and what he does: if you never had the honour to use a Sudanese or an Egyptian land border, probably you never made acquaintance with this all important profession. Well, he is a person earning his living in a town near a border by fixing all admin challenges some countries may think of. He knows exactly how to proceed ignoring the total lack of any signboards he removed before to save his job. He knows exactly which office to speak to, to which officer to be friendly, which nasty guy to avoid and which form has to be stamped or signed. Probably a fixer is just an innovative approach to a labour creation program of the Government, instead of clarifying procedures and placing some signboards the position of a fixer was created: So the politicians could show a big success in creation of employment and the odd tourist in getting his pocket a little bit emptier.
Nevertheless, without him we would be lost.