Trip Start Jan 08, 2005
135Trip End Ongoing
On our way out a quick stop at the pan-au-choc man, who insisted on naming me Fatma and David Abdul, and was happy to meet David and his family (me), and we were off to Sfax louage station. It wasn't too long a wait before we were on our way, but long enough for David to down a couple of capusins. He's addicted. His favourite price too - cheap.
Capusin - espresso with shot of frothy milk (making it like a baby capuccino).
I always get the nose pickers near me. I must have some kind of boogie magnet or something. Some old dude was snorting in a hugely nasty nasty way and digging. Makes me gag. What is it with people? In your own home please. Eyes ahead on the dead straight roman road that would lead us to our desired location.
It's over 1900 years old and still standing. It's more impressive than the colosseum in Rome, L'Arena in Verona, Nimes, Arles, Trier, Pompeii, Saintes, Durres and Sbeitla. We ran around it in 2005 pretending to be chased by gladiators and having Palin style cardiac arrests. This time was much more serene. There was no one there. Have you ever dreamed of having an entire colosseum all to yourself? That's us at El Jem. Sit yourself down and an imaginary Brian will appear selling badgers' ears and otters' noses. You can wander underneath where the prisoners spent their last moments before being forced into the giant ring with 30,000 romans baying for their blood. The acoustics are astounding. I sat about quarter of the way up and could hear David speaking quite clearly. Imagine how loud the screaming of the Christians would have been when the lions were set upon them!!
We'd spent longer than we'd thought there and had to get to Djerba so set off for the louage station. The only draw back of this travel mode can be the wait to fill it. Sometimes it's 10 minutes and other times it's much, much longer. Unfortunately it's always Murphy's Law when you want to get somewhere fast. It gave David time to down more capusins. He's wired! He's had 5 today and I can't see it being the last. El Jem to Sfax and then Sfax to Djerba (another two capusins for David) took forever and we didn't arrive in Houmt Souq until about 9pm. David even managed to fit another capusin in! He was speaking at 100 miles an hour and his eyes were all over the show. Great. He's going to be up all night now talking. It's hard enough getting him to stop when he's caffine free!
The friendly face of the youth hostel hasn't changed a bit. There still isn't any hot water. Inflation hasn't hit yet either. El cheapo. The most exciting thing that happened on our trip was the pod of dolphins that were playing about in front of the ferry at Jorf. Actually, it was pretty exciting. I've never seen wild dolpins before.