Driving through the country side

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Mountain in the background

Driving through Tunisia can be quite interesting. Starting out close to Tunis the landscape is actually very fertile with lots of rolling hills and thousands of olive trees spread all over the landscape. The land is surprisingly fertile considering the vicinity of the Sahara - but Tunisia is actually one of the biggest producers of olive oil in the world. The fact Tunisia is such a big olive oil producer were actually news to me but after driving for hours through the olive grows I can believe it.

 

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.

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Mountain in the background
Mountain in the background
Donkey at the road side
Donkey at the road side
Olive trees
Olive trees
More olives
More olives
Its dry now
Its dry now
Very dry
Very dry
Peppers
Peppers
Another donkey
Another donkey
Dry landscape
Dry landscape
Ready to transport the harvest
Ready to transport the harvest
Chillies
Chillies
Chillies
Chillies
Chillies
Chillies
Like it hot?
Like it hot?
Like it hot?
Like it hot?
Red up and close
Red up and close
More olives
More olives
Lots of olives
Lots of olives
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
Perfect grazing teritory
And we got camles
And we got camles
Lots of camels
Lots of camels
Camels just keep walking by
Camels just keep walking by
Baby following its mother
Baby following its mother
The sheppard - or is it the campar…
The sheppard - or is it the campa…
Getting ready to cross the road
Getting ready to cross the road
Should we cross?
Should we cross?
Maybe not
Maybe not
Ok I will give it a try
Ok I will give it a try
Hmm cars not stopping for just me …
Hmm cars not stopping for just me…
Sure well be right there
Sure we'll be right there
Ok we are ready you done a nice jo…
Ok we are ready you done a nice j…
Yup we ready to cross
Yup we ready to cross
See cars stopping when we are just…
See cars stopping when we are jus…
Yeah cars stopped - nice camel jam…
Yeah cars stopped - nice camel ja…
Good I made it across
Good I made it across
Ups one of those metal thingys mad…
Ups one of those metal thingys ma…
Should we go for it or should we s…
Should we go for it or should we …
Cars moving
Cars moving
Hey wait for us - we need to catch…
Hey wait for us - we need to catc…
Then move!!
Then move!!
Ok ok we will hurry now
Ok ok we will hurry now
You think the car will stop?
You think the car will stop?
Pew it did
Pew it did
Mama do we really need to cross?
Mama do we really need to cross?
Ok this is the last of us
Ok this is the last of us
No wait
No wait
I want to cross too
I want to cross too
Made it :D
Made it :D
Beating baby camel 1
Beating baby camel 1
Beating baby camel 2
Beating baby camel 2
Beating baby camel 3
Beating baby camel 3
White camel - is it like black she…
White camel - is it like black sh…
Road to the dessert
photo by: tj1777