Djibouti is a meeting place of cultures with French, Somali, and Yemenese influences. It’s shaped by its geographical position between the desert and the sea, on the borders of Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea as well as the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
In this interview, Rachel Jones explains how she came to love the country she now calls home, some tips for traveling to Djibouti, and thoughts on being an expatriate as well as raising Third Culture Kids.
Rachel Pieh Jones is the author of Welcome to Djibouti: Arrive, Survive and Thrive in the Hottest Country on Earth, as well as Stronger Than Death, The Djiboutilicious Cookbook and Finding Home. She’s also a freelance writer, blogger and runner.
- How Rachel went from Minnesota to the Horn of Africa
- Djibouti’s French colonial history and the influence on food and architecture as well as religion
- How Djibouti’s capital city — also Djibouti — lies between the desert and the sea and how that shapes the fascinating landscape and things you can do there, like snorkeling with whale sharks over Christmas
- Some of the good things to eat locally
- Safety and health factors including the sun in the hottest country on earth
- Bringing up a family in Djibouti and Third Culture Kids (TCK), those who live between cultures
- The meaning of home and being an expatriate
- What travel means when you live somewhere ‘else’
- Recommended books for getting a sense of the culture
You can find Rachel at DjiboutiJones.com and her books on Amazon here.