I really wanted to write a post that had no mention of the current situation we are facing, but unfortunately travel is one of the hardest hit industries & there is just no way of ignoring it. While I know how frustrating it is to have a trip postponed or cancelled, spare a thought for the people losing an income over this. Covid-19 has meant thousands of people in the airline & travel industries are now unemployed & thousands more have an uncertain future. The situation is dire. The only thing we can do now is try our best to socially distance ourselves & be grateful for the men & women in the medical & science fields who are doing their best to combat the virus.
I’ve been wanting to write about Djibouti for a while now. I work in a field of travel with people who are generally very well traveled & clued up about geography & when I mention Djibouti to them, I often get asked “Where is that?” This always makes me giggle. Djibouti is a coastal country located on the Horn of Africa & is bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia & Somalia. The country has a population of just under a million & the capital is Djibouti City. This country might feature on lists of least visited countries because there is virtually no tourism sector, things are expensive &, honestly, there’s not much to do/see here.
I decided to spend my time in Djibouti at the beach because, well, I didn’t know what else to do. The sun is very strong close to the equator so I applied sun cream to my face, neck, shoulders, arms & chest. I got distracted by a message & then left for the beach with my Pringles. I forgot to apply the cream to my legs. Facepalm.
I got to the beach, made myself comfortable & relaxed for a bit. After some time laying on the beach & a few swims in the ocean, I opened the can of Pringles, but lost my grip on it & dropped it. My Pringles went everywhere. I accepted defeat & went back to my hotel room. It wasn’t long before I started feeling that sunburn tingling sensation in my legs & it dawned on me. I forgot about my legs. It goes without saying that my legs were extremely painful for the next few days.
While traveling is fun & enjoying the experience is what life is about, our health & well-being must come first. I always end off my posts with “Keep traveling, keep safe”, but today I won’t because for now, that’s not what I want.
Stay home, keep safe.