Another taste of one of the 'Somalia' - Somaliland
Hargeysa Travel Blog› entry 15 of 23 › view all entries
January 9th, 2009 – by: maplefanta
The road from the border was a bit a pain, and there were many controls on the way. But we were doing it, roaming on a crowded taxi car to Hargeysa (Hargeisa), the capital city of a 'non-yet official' country: Somaliland. The drive through the arid desert was quite a sight, a few km from the Ethiopian Border (Wajaale) some sort of Ostrich stood by the road... the actual only sight for miles.
A good two hours later we drove into Hargeisa itself, I was deeply awaiting that since the car and road was not that comfortable at all and the many police barricade check along the road (nearing 10 in total) ended up being a bit of a pain with many questions in relation of us, the lone two white people in a right-wheel handed British type car filled with Somalis men and older lady sitting in the trunk making the crossing as well.
Nonetheless to say that I was happy to be out of Ethiopia for once and especially felt the thrill on going somewhere which is far out of the tourist path. I was both curious about the city and country, its people... and definitely, how we would perceive it and be perceived.
So the news will come soon, we survived and had a great time with a utterly friendly and welcoming population. We encountered some technical problem being in this country. But at the end, it was all wonderful.
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