I had trouble free 2nd leg of my journey today into Central Africa…no,no not that one you are thinking..but a Central Africa country..Ethiopian Airlines is the only airline from East Africa to venture here. My colleagues and I checked in yesterday and got our seats for this connecting flight, we were shocked when rechecking in this morning to be told there had been an aircraft change and we had to change seats again..Shock on us when we went to board only to be told there had been another (3rd) aircraft change and another seat change..damn. An uneventful 4 hour flight to this desert capital..2600km away. We travelled with 15 or so British Army officers. I wonder what they are upto this part of the world. Maybe on the hunt for the abducted girls in Nigeria. Who knows. Anyway, this place is blazing hot. 40+ degrees. Air conditioning is a must. The french military is based at the airport, their military is all over the place. There is nothing spectacular about the city. It has low rise building and military presence everywhere. Luckily our partners here were on hand to receive us just as we stepped off the airport bus into immigration..We are passportless as we left them with the police at the airport who will take them to Immigration department from where we’ll pick them 3 or 4 days from today with our visas..Yeah, i know.. interesting country. So i came in dressed in these American Eagle cargo shorts..no worries. I wear them when i’m travelling but..
No problem until i went in for a brief from our partners and everyone is asking me if i’m a Marine and giving me the look (haha) I wish..No i answer..then they let me know that the said shorts are the same used by the military here and would definitely get me in trouble with the soldiers together with my hat..Oops. Central Africa problems..who knew
Same with this jungle camouflage..can’t use it here..Luckily i carried a second pair of shorts. As for the hat, i’ll just wear it when am not walking around. In other news..across this river is Cameroon. Another country less that 500 metres away. Interesting..
Anyway i’m here for a couple of weeks before i go back to face the Consular Officer at the US Embassy in Nairobi next month..
Ooh and women here rock these little motor bikes..so coool!!