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Friday, April 4, 2008

Homeward Bound In Two Weeks

It's Friday evening locally and a new week begins tomorrow. This will be my last full week of work here in Djibouti. During the final week, I will be tying up some loose ends and outprocessing. I'm starting to feel how close I am to leaving and this makes me a little sad. However, I am looking forward to getting back to the US for a while and visiting my family and friends.

In my time here, I've tried to stay positive for the most part but honestly, there are some things I will not miss. I won't miss the constant begging/scamming that I encounter on the street every day. This really wears you down after a while and you dread going outside at times. I realize that people have to make a living, but there has got to be a better way. I will also not miss the constant request for favors from coworkers/acquaintenances. Everything you accomplish here is based on relationships, but I seem to be the only one giving and not receiving anything!! On a smaller scale, I won't miss waking up the receptionist every morning and asking him to turn on the server so I can check my e-mail. I really won't miss his snide comment that "This isn't the West" but I will miss my retort "Then why am I paying Western prices for non-Western service?" Can anyone guess what level of culture shock I've reached?

Well, enough complaining. I've had an enriching experience here and look forward to the next great adventure. I should know my destination in the coming months.

I'll keep you posted . . .

5 comments:

  1. Dear Mr Ross,
    My name is Hassan and I'm Djiboutian, I kind of ran into your blog by coincidence, I'm glad that there are some things that you've liked in Djibouti knowing that things are kind of hard over there. I really like your blog, I can see that you travel a lot, i like how you write about what you face, is writting part of your hobbies?
    What was the country that you liked the most? And what do you do for a living?

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  2. Thanks for the comments, Hassan. Djibouti was difficult but there were also some positive things. I guess my favorite country was Slovakia. I felt the most comfortable there. I may be going to Egypt next. Please keep reading the blog and take care.

    Russ

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  3. Hey Russ,
    How are you doing, how's the travelling, where are you now? I'm currently in Egypt, if you need anything just let me know, that's my e-mail address: cheikhhass@hotmail.com.
    Hassan.

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  4. Hey, Hassan!

    Thanks for the offer. Please keep reading the blog.

    Russ

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