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**It's been a busy trip. To keep the blog as current as possible, I have not had the chance to check for spelling. Feel free to point anything out in an email.
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 ...
... to see what I had in my pockets beneath my kashabiya. They wanted to see my life's savings, which I had in a swimsuit pocket beneath my pants.
-----I hated having to do whatever they told me to. When one man told another what he must do, this first man was an enemy.
-----"that is what war is about: compelling a choice on someone who would not otherwise make it." - J.M. Coetzee
-----A guy with a pointy pig nose said, "There's something you're ...
... place I'd ever camped. Unfortunately, I was all alone.
In the morning, I was hungry.
-----I eyed the dates that hung over my head. Any tourist could come to Tozeur and BUY dates. But, I wanted to prove that I had what it took to survive in the Sahara. Judging from all the fallen dates in the sand, the date palms here were wild and didn't belong to anybody.
-----Twigs full of dates grew ten feet above my head. I climbed the ...
... and Tunisia-oh and I think something happened in Syria as well.
Tunisia threw out its dictator who, by the accounts of all of the Tunisians I meet, essentially stole everything from the country and is now living in a luxury compound in Saudi Arabia, looking over his shoulder. I gathered that Tunisia's freedom is about three years old, with their liberation day being around 20 March (forgive me Driss if I ...
... views. Before long we are pulling up at our destination - the mountain oasis of Chebika.
Set at the foot of the mountains of the Djebel el Negueb Chebika is also known as Qasr el-Shams or Castle of the Sun. At one time it was a Roman outpost known as "Ad Speculum" (Mirror) and has served as a mountain refuge for the Berbers. Looking at the map we are ...