February 14th, 2003 – by: ebbin
Stony mountains of Bosaso
Our first three months in Bosaso were not so thrilling as we were not ready to go out too much. During these days we made some good friends at office including our driver Jamaal. Jamaal, a very friendly man, was driver as well as body guard to us. He was responsible for all our travel needs. Every Thursday, it was his duty to take us to market. The local market trips were quite difficult for me in the early days but later it turned to be one of the interesting part of week. After first visit to local market, my wife decided not to take such enjoyments any more. In the market mostly women do business like selling vegetables, meat, kitchen utensils, grocery, furniture, and so on. Life was normal and monotonous until this couple from Gujarat joined us in Bosaso.
One of the thousands of Camels that we used to see...
They came for a short term contract of setting up a chemical factory in Bosaso. I felt it could be nice to have a small picnic on one of the Fridays and discussed with Jamaal. He was very happy and suggested Bio-Kulule and Bosaso Beach.
Bio-Kulule is a hot spring 10 kilometers away from Bosaso. We have decided to include Jamaal's family and some of our office friends. We started to drive towards Bio-Kulule at around 9:00 in the morning and left the city in 15 minutes drive. I couldn't see any roads to say, but just some marks of vehicles passed before. Vast area of dry land and stony mountains didn't give us a scope to trace even a small green plant. We didn't travel long to spot a small green land far ahead. It was nothing other than Bio-Kulule.
As we reached the spring we saw the place was blocked by some sort of gate. A man approached us and demanded entry fees. After some sort of bargaining, Jamaal offered him 20,000 Somali Shillings for all of us. The place was cool and green. Plenty of date palms and some other trees were populated in a small area of almost 1+ acres of land. Naturally boiled water was flowing free from the spring as a stream and then collected to three different pools were people take bath. We washed our feet by stepping in to the stream. After spending morning hours and having our packed lunch, we moved back to Bosaso. Jamaal said he is following some different route by I was not able differentiate the routes until we reached the beach. Beach was quite and not much clean. Smell of decayed fish was not giving a pleasant feeling but the view was soothing. Blue waves and white sands gave the beach an exotic look. We didn't stay there for much as the fishermen were approaching us for selling their catch.