Djibouti Africa

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  • 10-06-2010
    jrafter
    Djibouti Africa
    started commuting to work today .....its only 2 miles oneway.....navy let us live off base so thats a plus.

    i will take some pics of my ride and let you all see what and african country looks like.

    its nothing like you might see on the news.
  • 10-06-2010
    rodar y rodar
    Yeah, pics! Jeez, I feel stupid here. I googled up that name to find ot what country it was in. Imagine my surprise...
  • 10-06-2010
    CycleAddict
    Pictures please!
  • 10-06-2010
    perttime
    Oh, it is on that side of Africa... pretty "warm" and dry I think.

    Anti-pirate action?
  • 10-06-2010
    equinox
    I was there back in the 80's i doubt it has improved :D
  • 10-07-2010
    jrafter
    didnt get a chance to stop and take any pics today..........almost got run over near the fench gallows.....they hung djiboutions at.

    french legion has been here for years.....we took over there old base in 2003 Camp Lemonnier .
  • 10-07-2010
    equinox
    I was there on a Royal Navy ship :)
  • 10-07-2010
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Meanwhile I am waiting for things to be so bad here that moving to Kenya is the only option; I have been unemployed in San Jose, CA for just short of two years, if I moved to Kenya I would have plenty of relatively high-tech work. Some day soon… a bike ride up Kilimanjaro, or even Mount Kenya…
  • 10-08-2010
    jrafter
    we have a lot of kenyans on base now ........kenya told obama to hire them or get out so.

    i hope to never work in the US again.

    we also get a lot of royal navy here on camp.

    they dont let the ex royal marines come on camp.......i dont think the US navy likes mercenaries.

    oh djibouti is full of mercenaries right now with the pirate thing going on.
  • 10-08-2010
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jrafter
    oh djibouti is full of mercenaries right now with the pirate thing going on.

    Hehe, not surprised!
  • 10-09-2010
    jrafter
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    these is the gallows out side the gate of are camp....the french hung a lot of djiboution on it and a french gun postion.....they left junk everywhere.
  • 10-09-2010
    jrafter
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    i ride out to the ocean a lot to and a pic of somililand
  • 10-10-2010
    mtbxplorer
    Interesting pix & riding. The first gallows I recall posted on a commute.
  • 10-10-2010
    byknuts
    I'm more impressed that this lasted 4 days and noone made any jokes about "booty"!
    Unless the jokes RE the "royal navy hanging around" was a veiled... no... best not to go there. *ahem!*

    I have to say, I'm loving this forum more and more.
    I spent some time in several countries in South America, never had anything past a dumpster bmx to ride.
    It's perspective altering to see things like bicycles meandering through the post-hurricane Monterey, or past the gallows as above.
    Reminds me of the reaffirmation, the emotional and mental re-balancing that riding a bike does for me.
  • 10-11-2010
    BrianMc
    Something poignant here. The gallows: a simple machine assigning death; A bicycle: a simple machine affirming life. Amen.
  • 10-11-2010
    jrafter
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by byknuts
    I'm more impressed that this lasted 4 days and noone made any jokes about "booty"!
    Unless the jokes RE the "royal navy hanging around" was a veiled... no... best not to go there. *ahem!*

    I have to say, I'm loving this forum more and more.
    I spent some time in several countries in South America, never had anything past a dumpster bmx to ride.
    It's perspective altering to see things like bicycles meandering through the post-hurricane Monterey, or past the gallows as above.
    Reminds me of the reaffirmation, the emotional and mental re-balancing that riding a bike does for me.

    booty hunters..LOL i have the tshirt

    i rode all the way around the city today......and i lived to tell about it.......Djibouti is a dump.....i will have to take more pics but its hard because its a muslum country and taking pics can get you arrested .........the people here are very friendly.......8miles to the south and 12 miles to the east we have somali and yemen.
  • 10-11-2010
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Nice writeup. Would be nice to visit Eritrea, Ethiopia, or Kenya, if your visit/work allows. Much less dumpy, I guarantee it (just be sure to avoid the Kibera slums in Nairobi and you’re golden!).
  • 10-12-2010
    jrafter
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    Nice writeup. Would be nice to visit Eritrea, Ethiopia, or Kenya, if your visit/work allows. Much less dumpy, I guarantee it (just be sure to avoid the Kibera slums in Nairobi and you’re golden!).


    planning a vacation to addis abeba ethiopia

    my girlfriend is from ethiopia.........shes very proud of her country and the coffee.

    her mother live in the the city so it should be a very nice vacation.

    ethiopia polices most of east africa and they do a good job.
  • 10-12-2010
    s0ckeyeus
    +1 for Ethiopian coffee.
  • 10-12-2010
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jrafter
    planning a vacation to addis abeba ethiopia

    my girlfriend is from ethiopia.........shes very proud of her country and the coffee.

    her mother live in the the city so it should be a very nice vacation.

    ethiopia polices most of east africa and they do a good job.

    Good deal! East African women will treat you right!

    Many claim Ethiopia to be the actual origin of Christianity. I’m not religious, but a lot of uneducated white Americans assume that Africa is full of militant jihadist terrorists, and frequently accuse them of all being Muslims, never once thinking that they are on the same page. :rolleyes: Amazing what a bit of education does to a person. :thumbsup:
  • 10-13-2010
    s0ckeyeus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    I’m not religious, but a lot of uneducated white Americans assume that Africa is full of militant jihadist terrorists, and frequently accuse them of all being Muslims, never once thinking that they are on the same page. :rolleyes: Amazing what a bit of education does to a person. :thumbsup:

    And all Muslims aren't jihadists either. Quite a decent percentage of African Muslims are not even all that devout, and many mix Islam with traditional religion.