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Existential Despair (short-lived)

5pm Permission denied to enter the restricted zone to the south, and forced to head northwest to another crossing into Algeria. I’m angry at the official denial, embarrassed by how much I counted on getting permission, annoyed at the time and money I’ve wasted coming down here only to be...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 3, 2007 from Tataouine, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Italians!

Meet Luca and Tiziana, two Italians from Torino on vacation in southern Tunisia. I met them New Year's Eve when I was seated at their table, and they were kind enough to let me tag along on their tour of the ksars and villages around Tataouine. Luca is an engineer for Mondo (the company that...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 2, 2007 from Tataouine, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



Ruin

When the Arabs swept into northern Africa in the 11th century, they not only destroyed the last vestiges of the great Roman desert farming systems, but they also drove the Berbers into the desert. These Berbers managed to carve and construct entire towns out of rock cliffs, and established...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on January 1, 2007 from Tataouine, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



New Years Eve

Left waiting in Tataouine for 2 days until government offices reopen to get a special permit to cross a restricted zone to the Algerian border, I heard of a New Year’s celebration up in the hills and caught a ride from the hotel. It was in a granary (or "Ksar" or "Qasr") built like a fort,...

permalink written by  roel krabbendam on December 31, 2006 from Tataouine, Tunisia
from the travel blog: Harmattan



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