Driving the local guide and the tour leader mad

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Entrance to the museum

The whether is back to its usual self - sunshine - that is what I came down to Libya to get. Today is a guided tour of the museum inside the small fort in the town - it is an ok museum but nothing really spectacular. Then of to the old town with a guide - we thought - but first a stop at the shoemaker. But half the group are of to the old town already our tour leader is frustrated and try to call everybody to order - but the members of the group is not his average group of tourist who will do as he tells them to without a discussion. But the guide carries on to the shoemaker with half the group.

 

After the unsuccessful visit at the shoemaker it is of to the old town. It is different to see the old town when it is a blue sky compared to the dark threatening sky from yesterday.

Entrance to the old town
The guide starts his tour at the exact same route as we took the day before - we start at the same mosque heading towards the central square. He is actually quite good at gives us all lots of information about the city which we did not know before hand or had read in the Lonely Planet. But every time he ask us have you been here before he gets the same answer - yes we have. He is getting ever more frustrated with our answers - hence when he takes us to a square where we were the day before - as well - he asks once again have we been here before. He is relieve when he gets the answer no - even though it is a blatant lie.

 

After the tour of the old city it is of. We are driving part of the way back to Tripoli today so tomorrow drive will be short. We need to get diesel for the bus at a gas station.

The entrance to old town - looking out
This is an OPEC member country with lots and lots of oil production - hence it shouldn't be too difficult to get gas. But when we get to the gas station they are out of diesel. Why? It makes no sense at first - but we are close to the border of Tunisia. And in Tunisia the diesel will cost something stupid like 2$ per litre or about 7$ per gallon. In Libya the price of diesel is about 12 US cents per litre or a bit less than ½ dollar per gallon. The Tunisians simply drives to Libya fill up their tanks and jerry cans then they drive back to Tunisia and sell the diesel at a lot higher price. We have to drive on to the next gas station ½ hour down the road - fortunately this one got diesel so we don't have to walk all the way back to Tripoli.
Sunset at theBerber village - houses in the low sun

 

Just before sunset we drive to a little old Berber village where our tour leader will try to make a guided tour of 15 minutes in the village - but he got no success what so ever. The second everybody gets out of the bus we all head in different directions several goes toward the edge of the cliff to take sunset shots and some goes towards the village - the tour leader is pretty irritated but gives up on the guiding for the night. We walk around the village for a bit and then head of.

 

The night we spent in a troglodyte lodge. Which a Berber house dug down in the ground. There is no heating and our door does not seem to be able to give any kind of shelter from the cold whether outside. But the room is surprisingly warm. The diner tonight is a special 5 course meal prepared at the lodge. The dinner is served and we dig in - it is the best meal so far in Libya and I am enjoining it - then suddenly they mention now the main will be served in a bit. The main? I am almost full already - ok lets dig in and go for the overeating night tonight. Well it goes down well and there is even room for the orange as desert.
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Entrance to the museum
Entrance to the museum
Entrance to the old town
Entrance to the old town
The entrance to old town - looking…
The entrance to old town - lookin…
Sunset at theBerber village - hous…
Sunset at theBerber village - hou…
The narrow and dark street - this …
The narrow and dark street - this…
Old roman parts used in the pillar…
Old roman parts used in the pilla…
The roof in the old town - the tre…
The roof in the old town - the tr…
Streets in the old town
Streets in the old town
No less than four palm trunks in t…
No less than four palm trunks in …
More dark streets in the old town
More dark streets in the old town
A cafe in the old town
A cafe in the old town
Standing on the streets looking ou…
Standing on the streets looking o…
A big house in old town
A big house in old town
One roof of the town
One roof of the town
Spot to place lighting in the dark
Spot to place lighting in the dark
One mosque
One mosque
The hand of Fatima - or the builde…
The hand of Fatima - or the build…
Decoration in the courtyard of the…
Decoration in the courtyard of th…
Street in the garden of the old to…
Street in the garden of the old t…
One mosque
One mosque
Where they controlled the water an…
Where they controlled the water a…
A bucket used to hang on the thing…
A bucket used to hang on the thin…
High rise building in the old town
High rise building in the old town
One of the windows of the building
One of the windows of the building
The covered streets in the old town
The covered streets in the old town
More covered streets
More covered streets
Sheeps in the old town of Gadahmis
Sheeps in the old town of Gadahmis
Building on the outskrits of old t…
Building on the outskrits of old …
Closer look at the building
Closer look at the building
The old spring - now dry because o…
The old spring - now dry because …
Entrance to the old spring
Entrance to the old spring
The mosque - now with a blue sky
The mosque - now with a blue sky
Sunset at a small Berber village
Sunset at a small Berber village
Sunset at a small Berber village
Sunset at a small Berber village
Sunset at a small Berber village
Sunset at a small Berber village
Sunset at a small Berber village
Sunset at a small Berber village
The small Berber village
The small Berber village
Looking out through the arch
Looking out through the arch
Sunset
Sunset
And looking out through another ar…
And looking out through another a…
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