|Children are Children no matter were you are.|
|So this is a Khat stand- AKA African Salad|
Khat originates from the Catha Edulis shrub, which grows abundantly in parts of East Africa and is all over the streets here.
|It is so hot they will crowd just to get out of the sun|
I really didn’t like downtown, It was everything I hate about cities. Swarms of poor people trying to sell you stuff and beg for money- I know they were eying to pickpocket me so Downey and I tried to cover each other. Everyone is high on Khat- a legal drug that could be compared to coke and is trying to sell you junk meanwhile they are hopped up and touchy feely trying to get you in there shop.
|Cafes are everywhere but empty|
During the celebration of Ramadan, khat is used to relieve fatigue and reduce appetite. In certain social environments, khat is used in place of booze. According to Arab journals from the 13th century, physicians have used khat to treat depression and lack of energy. Peasants in certain cultures who worked long hours also used this stimulant to keep on keeping on.
|Coke is the drink of choice here|
Khat is taken orally as a tea, chewed like chaw, smoked, or sprinkled on food. The stimulant effect of khat is most effective when the leaves are still fresh
The effect of khat on the brain and spinal cord is similar to that of amphetamines, which are stimulated through synapses. Fatigue is alleviated, appetite is reduced, attention span is decreased, and levels of alertness and motor activity are increased.
Users can quickly develop dependency to the drug, which increases their confidence, friendliness, and contentment which explains allot about downtown.. Hallucinations, grandiose delusions, and paranoia have also been noted as side effects of using khat
|Four wheel drive|
Addiction, Tolerance, and Withdrawal
There is no specific physical addiction to khat; however, there is a psychological dependence. Regular users of khat can develop a psychological dependency to the drug. Signs of withdrawal include minor laziness, mild depression, nightmares, and slight tremor. Consistent usage can increase the risk for psychological dependence that is moderate but persistent.
|The crew at The Kempinski|
|We had a tour guide Maddie who was awesome. It was his birthday and he starts working as a translator next week for the US. He speaks 6 languages.|
|Heading to the K-9 Unit.|
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We said allot of places after the show people buy us drinks but in Djibouti- because of” "rations” they only get 3 beers so after the show the guys are like- Your funny…. But not funny enough to get one of my beers.