Originally Posted by SandraXII
This is really interesting. I'm fascinated by weird places in the middle of nowhere and I have been reading about Chad but didn't hear about anyone going there. Often I think it'd be cool to go to some remote outpost but then stories like this bring you crashing back to earth.
I haven't been to any truly horrible third world places, but Gibraltar would be my pick. I'm a journalist and I was flying out to interview UK bookie Victor Chandler. I discovered the flight was to be diverted to Malaga because landing in Gibraltar is apparently a liability and can only be done under certain 'conditions'. I arrived in Malaga and by the time I got to Gibraltar by bus transfer, the guy couldn't do the interview. I was stuck in a city composed mostly of a massive airfield, dust, horrendous expats and ugly concrete. Then the flight back was cancelled due to a rainstorm. a good day
Don't hate on Gibraltar. The reason your flight was diverted was due to the crosswinds experienced on the approach to the runway due to the placement of the runway in relation to the rock. You will only be able to land if there is a westerly or easterly wind. I've been on countless planes when we've approached the runway (plane moving all over the place, people throwing up / screaming) touched down and then had to shoot back up into the air as there is not enough runway for the plane to land safely.
Fair point with regards to the concrete there are alot of buildings in Gibraltar but with a population of 35,000+, where are you going to house them all.
As for the expats - How did you manage to get yourself to that conclusion? It can't be based on your own knowledge as you obviously don't live here and during your short stay the only people you would have bumped into are tourists?