If you missed part 1 or 2, please refer to my previous blog posts.
In this post I’ll take you to my home in Djibouti and we can branch out a bit from there. If you are in a Western nation, there are many things you may take for granted, like a water heater for example. Some houses do have them, but many don’t. This is because the weather is normally so hot, the tap water comes out hot anyhow. Your showers are for the most part always warm to hot, except for about a month in the cooler season. As a general rule in Africa, preventative maintenance on homes and buildings is an afterthought. Stuff generally won’t get fixed or replaced unless its completely broken and unusable. Much of the time this is simply due to the lack of resources to fix things. For our particular house, the lady who owned it was quite poor, and relied on the income from this property to sustain her.
The photos in this set aren’t the highest quality, but I think they help to better portray what life was like in Djibouti.