Travel report Algeria
After having flown in Business class in the
Thai airway, Air France in Economy to
Algeria. I cannot compare the service. My
seat was on the last row and next to the toilet. It is a long flight about 10
hours from Bangkok (Thailand) to Algiers. All night I was disturbed by bullet
flush sound from the toilet.
Though Algeria was going through a terrorism
period in the 90’s, it has developed quite a bit. Algeria is a huge country with
diverse landscapes of Sea, Desert, Atlas hills and mountains and agricultural
lands. To me, as a Nepali woman, Algeria is the developed country – in fact
classified in medium revenue country with about 1850 $ per capita, with large
paved roads, tall new buildings, public lights, running gas into houses, clean
water that one can drink direct from the tap and they never have load shedding.
Market organized agriculture green house, forests of olive trees, date palm
tree, apple, peach and apricot lands.
While I am here typing this note, I can see the Mediterranean sea from the
window, I can hear sea shore, see people walking along the beach, some are
fishing, children swimming, diving between rocks, having competitions among
themselves who can dive from the highest point and how deep one can go and how
fast they can swim. Couples making themselves cozy in the corner, I can see many
love birds here discussing future may.
I thought and heard from friends that Algeria is a Muslim country and should be
very strict and tourist will have to follow lots of norms and rules and
regulations. I find it different from the view of my own and other. It has both
sides from strict Muslim in rural areas to fashionable chic girls and very hip
hop young boys in the northern town areas, certainly influenced by European
models and labor migrants living in Europe. There are fashions, discotheques,
restaurants, bars, and prostitutes, everything one can imagine under the sun.
Girls are beautiful with nice make up and nice body hugging clothes. Most of
women wear long skirts, trousers with long shirts and pointed fashionable shoes
but there are people who wear jeans and t-shirts, and semi off shoulder tops it
seems ok. So as a whole it is 50/50 – means both kinds.
Cultuur / Historie / Politiek / Economie