|Sea view from Ardoukoba|
And they don't only perish at sea. According to Adam, who at this moment in time is qat-free, the corpses of several Ethiopians who died from thirst were found near Lac Assal three weeks ago. We give the latest crop large bottles of water, a forest of hands pushing with the blast of heat through the windows into our air conditioned luxury. Daniel doesn't understand how they can be prepared to risk the crossing on the wild goose chase of supposed prosperity across the Bab El Mandeb strait.
|Growing separation in tectonic plates splits road|
It's very nearly noon, the mercury is soaring to breaking point and muggins is melting – time to nip into a bit of a/c and check if Kempinski's drink and food scene is at least down from the stratosphere. It's not, so a Darjeeling tea bag out of a silver-plated pot for $6 will have to do.
|Camel herd outside Djibouti town|
|Kempinski Palace from land side|
|Kempinski from the sea side|
|Djibouti-Addis railway of 'Scoop' fame|
|Women at beach|
|Railway track leaving station|