Have you ever heard of the country called DJIBOUTI? If not, don’t feel embarrassed… because it’s a very tiny country on the Horn of Africa that gets minimal tourism — roughly 70,000 visitors per year.
Over the last 2 days, I have explore every facet of the capital & biggest city called Djibouti City. I find this place to be the most interesting country in Africa.
Here are some of my quick realizations:
– It’s VERY EXPENSIVE — I have spent more than $400 in the last 2 days and I haven’t done much other than walk around, take a few taxis, eat 4 meals & sleep (keep in mind my visa was $90 and my hotel was $105).
– Walking around the streets feels very much like France, from the colonization period that started in 1884 and ended in 1977. The people here speak French (first), Arabic (second) and English (third, if any at all).
– There is a LOT OF SECURITY everywhere — police/military guards standing on every corner (literally) with giant guns strapped to their backs. It is kind of crazy and very intimidating, but safe.
– About a quarter of Djibouti’s population (~250,000 people) are living in extreme poverty, which is more extreme than you’d think given that this country is so expensive. A massive contrast between rich & poor.
All of my thoughts on this mysterious country, and more, are in this video. Have you ever been to Djibouti?