I’ve just had my first taste of Aragi, the illegal spirit made locally from dates, and am wondering what all the fuss was about? It tastes like a mild date-flavoured schnapps. Perhaps my alcohol tolerance is simply far greater than that of the Sudanese, or maybe I have procured a lighter version, but I had been told that it tastes like petrol and makes you go blind! Stay posted…

…Ok am a bit teeny little drunk now.

The Next Day: I did not have a hangover and went to work at the university. After a midday nap, I awoke to find I had blurred vision. Convinced I was having a stroke, after a few minutes of panic I remembered the poisonous substance that I had consumed the day before. Take heed, my friends!

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