Driving through the country side
Road to the dessert Travel Blog› entry 8 of 20 › view all entries
Heading out of Kairouan the landscape starts to dry out quickly. The fertile land disappears and dessert starts. On the road of the street are some stalls selling chilies you can buy a bunch of them if you like or you can get some process stuff which is the main ingredients in harrisha which is served as a starter with olive, olive oil, tuna and bread in virtually all Tunisian restaurants. I don’t intent to do any self catering so I leave the chilly salesmen keep their produces and continue driving.
After a while I get caught in a traffic jam - but this traffic jam is not quite like the ones you’ll get into in Europe or north America - no it is a unique dessert traffic jam caused by a group of camels crossing the road after they have been out grazing and now they need to go and find some water. The locals don’t seem to have much patience with the camels crossing the road and they constantly try to get through - I am in no hurry getting down the road instead I am devoted to taking pictures of the spectacle. It is a pretty big heard so it takes about five minutes from the first camel starting to cross until the last strangler has finally crossed over the road.
When the camels finally have crossed the road most of the entertainment are over - but the Sheppard don’t seem to have much patience with the young camels - when one of them decide to lay down he beat it back to its feet’s. I don’t really feel like looking at camels being beat up so it is time to head on.