Sunset in the dessert
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Living the oasis I get back temporarily to Tozeur and get a last look around the city. Walking through the local market I am always amazed by the smells at the place. The spices in the shops always look super colorful not like the small boxes spices come in back in
I finally wonder off the beaten path and into the medina of the city to explore - this area is a lot less touristy than the rest of the city and seems only to serve as residence for the locals. It is an interesting place with lots of narrow streets - and no exits. I walk around the area looking at the place but after a while I would like to leave. I got a sense of where I am - but there is a wall around the medina - hence I need to get out at one of the few exits around the place and I can’t find one.
I leave Tozeur and to head down to the south of the country. The first part of the trip is via the Chott el-Jerid again. The trip through this white inhospitable place is fascinating. The white all over doesn’t look like it can sustain any kind of life and it is easy to see why this area attracted George Lucas to shoot a scene in his first Star Wars movie. In the middle of the salt is an old bus which is just parked out there. The bus looks like it was just on its ordinary trip between two cities and then suddenly the driver decided it was time for his passengers to go out and stretch their legs and walk instead of drive.
Getting out of the salt really doesn’t make the landscape much more hospitable - this is the true
Passing through a couple of smaller cities you’ll pass the true masters of the desert - the camels. They just walk along the road eating the tiny desert plants. It takes several hours of driving but finally I get to the south of the country. I am not heading down to the extreme south because that part of the country is a military zone and you can only go if you got a special permit. Hence I only go as far south as I can. I stay at the Ksar Ghilane which is in the middle of the