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Avenue Habib Bourguiba towards the medina

I go out of the hotel in what can still under certain circumstances be called morning. I am walking down the street to go for the station - when a man who comes up and tells me he works at the hotel at night and has just gotten off. Hmm I don’t remember him from last night - but then again I didn’t really pay much attention to the people at the door when I arrived just before 2 in the morning. So he might have been working there. He tells me I am in luck - because a Bedouin festival is going on down in the medina - and it is the last day today. Wow maybe I should have a look - so I consider walking down there.

 

The man offers to walk be down there - and it takes me a good 40 meters of walking before I realize what is going on here - lets jut blame it on sleep deprivation from the late arrival last night and the noise in the room which kept me awake. The fact he keeps walking with me clearly indicate there are no festival going on - this is a salesman at work - and I must admit he was really good in convincing me at first. I wonder whether I should turn around or not - but he is sort of informative - so I walk along with him. We get to the medina and he takes me to one shop. The shop sells carpets but first I get to go to the roof - from the roof is a great view over the medina. After the view I get to go to see a very special Berber carpet show which is only on today - yeah right - so I say no don’t want to see the show. The owner of the shop is somewhat disappoint borderline mad - but the man I am with is not too bother and busy telling me it is not his family shop. So he is ok with us walking out of the shop.

 

I am walking in front of him - but he is wants me to go in and have a look at his perfume shop. Somehow he is not quite as sympathetic when I want to walk out of his tiny family shop and wants money. Personally I don’t give a damn about this - I have gotten to the point where I try to reverse the role of hustler and husteley. If they offer a service allegedly for free I will take advantage of it and not pay when they want their payment in the end. By the idea if somebody offers something for free it is actually free.

 

I get back from the medina to the train station which will take me to a small suburb of Tunis. It is only a few minutes from the centre. I walk around the area and go down to the beach. There is a lot of activity on the sea - there are people out on the water taking advantage of the winds. Both windsurfers and smaller boat sailing around in the winds. After looking at the surfer - and the fascinating sight of flowers in December I head down and look at the ferry - which are not all that interesting - then I pass an old fort which looks nice but unfortunately you can’t get in there today.

 

There are not that much more to look at in this suburb so I go back to Tunis main city and walk around it - I go down the main drag in the new city and turn right following a subway line and get to another part of the city and go out to an area where they have a local market which is outside the medina and clearly not target at selling to tourist. There are different small stands with fruit, fish and meat.

 

I go back to the medina which is more or less closed by now - there are only a few shops open so I leave the medina quickly.

gingerbatik says:
beautiful photos
Posted on: Mar 12, 2010
gejah says:
love this country!
Posted on: Jan 19, 2010
misstravel89 says:
i miss tunisia :(
Posted on: Dec 29, 2009
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