Thursday, December 16, 2010

ROTF ::: Somalia Gets a Tourist, Mogadishu Officials Are Baffled - TIME

This story really just made me laugh out loud.

It's no wonder Somali immigration officials in Mogadishu thought a 41-year-old man who described himself as a tourist was insane; they hadn't seen a tourist in the Somali capital since, well, ever.

Canadian citizen Mike Spencer Bown is a seasoned traveler having visited more than 150 countries. But when he arrived in Mogadishu as a tourist, he was met with disbelief.

"We have never seen people like this man," Omar Mohamed, one of the officials, told the AFP. "He said he was a tourist, we couldn't believe him. But later on we found he was serious. That makes him the first person to come to Mogadishu only for tourism.”

Makes me think of the song Dreamer by Somali rapper K'naan:

We from the only place worse than Kandahar
Man that's kinda hard

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