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Up c 0445 for a major use of the facilities, Omar on his computer at reception on my way back. Didn't really try to sleep that much thereafter as John had set his alarm at 0540 so I could go wake up Cora. Up for some wifi thereafter and then down to brekkie, impatient people like Wo(Man) fretting about possibly getting ...
"Are you a Muslim?"
-----Tunisia's national guard was detaining me for the second time in three days, and I sat inside their office building. They had some questions for me.
-----"No," I answered the first.
-----"Did you go to the mosque this morning?"
-----These guys must've been gathering information on me. "No." I corrected them. "I went to a mosque last night. But, I didn't pray."
-----Hmmm. A guy who goes to the mosque but says ...
... I considered all this to be a violation of my privacy.
-----"When countries are defensive, there's no room for humanism." - Prema from Rymarov
-----I'd been told, by Nourredine, there was going to be a general strike in Metlaoui the next day. There'd been a lot of strikes in Tunisia since the revolution.
-----But, Tunisia had escaped the bloody, post-revolution chaos that continued to terrorize Libya, Egypt, Syria. Tunisians liked to ...
... as it rose to 30m in some places as it traversed its route.
The countryside is very green with apparently endless lines of olive groves mostly well tended & sometimes interspersed with fruit trees or occasionally vegetable patches. Otherwise there are fields of grain or sheep grazing on vacant land. The villages are all have many cafes full of men of all ages sitting around, other shops & very few ...
... there a stunning palm trees which provide a shady canopy.
Our guide tells us that many scenes from The English Patient and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope were filmed in this area.
On our way back, before leaving Chebika we stop at the cafe for a drink and a final chance to look at the view along the gorge.
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