Friday, July 19, 2013

Drive-by pictures of Djibouti

I'm currently home in the US for the summer with my kids.  We get one free trip home per tour.  So, I figured our trip home.. we would escape the summer heat.  We heard stories that the temperature is in the 120 degree range from May - September.  Before we left at the end of June, it only got up as high as 117 that I ever saw, but the "feels like" always seemed hotter with the humidity.  And this time of year, there is also dust storms to deal with.  So, I'm not sad that I'm missing THAT!

Visiting with my friends here in the states, they said they wanted to see more of the "everyday" life of the locals.  So, the photographer that I love to be.. why yes, I have pictures that I have taken while in a car.  Some of them are taken by me, some of them are taken by my oldest daughter.  But all (other than two that are taken from the top of my roof) are taken from the car as we drove by.  So.. enjoy!

The beach the locals go to.

A public bus

The row of cars in the middle of the street are parked there.

This type of tents are set up everywhere.  They are cooking and serving food.  Where the locals go for snacks and their lunch breaks.

You see customers are sitting on their bench.

People walk in the street, even though there is a sidewalk with lots of room.

School just got out.  Yes, kids ride in taxi cabs by themselves.

The buses on the right are school buses.

Kids picking up after school snacks.

The blue shack is a Djibouti mini-mart.. however, not all of these shacks have a refrigerator.. so if you buy a Coke, it might be hot.  And let me tell you... a hot Coke is not refreshing at all!

This is one of the supermarkets.  It is the newest one in town, very expensive.  Mostly the French shop here.  It even has a pastry stand inside.  Very nice.  Oh.. and the only place I've been able to find recycling of plastic bottles and soda cans.  That is about all you can recycle in Djibouti.

Sunset from my rooftop.

Lantern on my rooftop at Sunset.  Can you can hear the Muslim call to prayer in the distance?  (Well, imagine you can).

A quiet part of town.

Trash is everywhere.

Mosque tower near the Port of Djibouti.


Digging through the trash.

Barbed wires are everywhere.

People live here.

My daughter took this.  But, I'm posting to show the water in the street.  There are no sewer drains in a city where it rarely rains.

One of MANY khat stands.  Khat is a local legal drug.  It comes in the form of leaves.  Turns teeth red.

The only driving law in Djibouti is "Don't turn right at a red light."  If something is in someone's way.. feel free to drive wherever you'd like to get around it.  Someone ran into a telephone pole here (see below).  I think it might have been a police truck that had the accident.

Dogs are homeless too.  Most Djiboutians DO NOT like dogs.  So, there are a lot of homeless dogs in the city.

Another view of the beach the locals go to.

The beach the locals go to.  On a Friday (their holy day), this place is PACKED.  They put up beach volleyball, everyone is in the street.. you can't even drive by (which is why I don't have a picture of it packed yet.)

Hope you enjoyed these sights of Djibouti.  I hope my friend that requested "pictures of the locals" is satisfied.

10:30am in Djibouti, 99 degrees "feels like 105".  Hmm.. not too hot yet.

1 comment:

  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Djibouti? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Djibouti in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez