On this board, private advertising is allowed for selling second hand material. On the right "Vcd-PC, DVD-CD, Playstation, X Box, Gameboy" No translation needed, except for the first "V" that stands for "vends" (Sell)
The authorities, both at a national and at a local level make a big effort to keep the country tidy but the job is difficult, mainly because of plastic bags. People buy abroad a press, one kilo of granulated plastic, make their own plastic bags that they sell on the markets and make their living on this job
The population of Algeria is growing fast and the country suffers of a terrible lack of lodging. In the recent years, the government has launched a great many programs of extensive building new districts around every city. On this photo, you can see on top of the hill a whole new district that is still under construction.
In order to improve the lodging situation and as local builders do not work fast enough, the government has, in several cities of the country, including Annaba, hired Chinese companies. They come with their own workers. They have their own lodging for their workers and everything is arranged so they cannot mix with the local population. They work seven days per week and from dawn till dusk. Buildings, such as these, grow as fast as mushrooms but recently these guys have, in several places in Algeria, made demonstrations, rallies and even gone to strike because of the hard conditions they were submitted.
This building policy has been developed continuously for the last 10-15 years and new districts are now inhabited. They are mostly 4 or 5 levels buildings, without elevator. There are two apartments on each floor. Note that most loggias have strong iron grids. If you enlarge the photos, you will see that they can be of very different styles and that each lodging has at least one television parabola in order to catch not only local programs but also both French programs and Middle East Arab programs.
This guy, asked me to take his photo. This was not that he wanted to get his photo, neither that he wanted money for the photo, no that was just for the pleasure of being shot ! This is very different from the behavior of people in touristy locations, isn't it ?
In the Eastern part of France, in Alsace, when there is a newly born child in a house, the stork is said to have brought him. Here in Annaba, this post says that the stork brings cakes and other pastries ! Why not ?
BTW, though we have only seen a few storks (and no photo) on this travel, there are many storks in the region of Annaba, as there are many lakes and swamps.
On this picture, I have put together the photos of both sides of a post for doctors. The top one says on both sides "chirurgien dentiste" (dental surgeon), both in French and in Arab. The lower one says on one side (left) "Cabinet médical de Pneumo-allergologie", also in French and in Arab but the other side says it in Arab … and for those that would read neither French nor Arab ! I feel that some medical specialties would find difficult to draw a pictogram for their identification …!
As I stated in my Algeria page, there are printed in Algeria both newspapers in French and newspapers in Arab. This is the office on one of the national newspapers in French, called "Liberté" (no translation needed !). Its motto is "Le Droit de Savoir, le Devoir d'Informer" (The Right to Know, the Duty to Inform)
In late November-early December, it is time for roasted chestnuts. At a lot of street crossings, you could buy chestnut, roasted on a small gas stove. When it is cold and windy, those hot chestnuts are a great pleasure to handle before eating them !