HCWC:  Okay, now to prepare for the fun part, vaccinations!    Below is a list of diseases we had to get vaccinated against…OUCH!!                             

Measles/mumps/rubella, diptheria/tetanus/pertussis, chicken pox, polio, flu, Hep A and B, malaria, typhoid, cholera, rabies, yellow fever.  Note:  High risk country for rabies.  Multiple cholera outbreaks. Malaria is present and can be a serious risk.  Antimalarials along with repellents are needed. …….  Eh, we got most of them.

 The logistics of traveling to this place are a nightmare! It’s going to take us 3 days to get there, we need to spend the night in Ethiopia, not a lot of flights in or out of Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.  Since Somaliland has not been recognized as a country, lacking outside funding, it has been struggling with little infrastructure: little access to medical care, few stores, financial institutions, roads, potable water, consulate and more.  60% of the population is nomadic and they have one of the largest camel markets…. Ok, I’ll admit I’m excited about the camel market.  We have to hire armed guards whenever we leave the hotel.  Not sure what is more dangerous, hundreds of loose camels at the market  or a guard with a pseudo AK47.

Camel Market in Somaliland, photo by Tim Freccia/weather.com