Women- if you see a man wearing a jellabiya that reaches above his ankles, don't expect him to offer to shake hands. He will be a member of a strict religious sect, who will never look a woman in the eye or touch her.
In most parts of the Sudan people sleep on an angareb- a wooden framed bed whose body is of rope, fashioned into a design.
In the past the ropes were of sisal, but now more likely to be of plastic or plastic rope.
If the tension sags after long use, a man can come and tighten the ropes , or even re-weave it if necessary. To do this he perches on the wooden frame and passes the rope back and fro in his chosen design.
A cotton-filled mattress is then put on the bed. This is more comfortable than the modern foam-filled mattresses which are too hot in summer.
In Northern Sudan most people are muslims. Some people are more religious than other. The women in the family I stay with in Khartoum was very shy towards me and I could speak just a few words with them and I was not allowed to have their pictures taken. The women in Port Sudan was very different. I spoke with them all the time and they even seem to think it was fun having pictures taken. To avoid getting into trouble behave careful at first in order to see if those you meet are strictly muslims or more liberal.PHOTO: THE EL NILEIN MOSQUE IN KHARTOUM