North African road trip.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Before Alf Kåre and I met up in the capital of Tunis, we had not really done much planning. We didn't really have that many days, so we thought maybe just hang out around the capital Tunis. I'm glad we didn't, the city isn't really that much fun. Quite far from it really, except maybe the old Medina and the impressive Bardo museum (I didn't get to see the museum myself, but Alf has reminded me weekly for a couple of years now on what I missed out on because of my early flight out to Spain on the last day of our trip to Tunisia). So after taking the train from Tunis one day to visit the mandatory site of Carthage and the pleasant and touristy coastal town of Sidi Bou Said, we rented a car and headed south. We just had two days and one night, but it was definitively going to be the highlight of the trip. With pretty good and more or less empty roads, it did not take us long to reach the city of Kairouan. We just stopped for a couple of hours, but really enjoyed the place. Then we continued on to the town of El Jem (or El Djem as it is also called) to check out its spectacular Roman amphitheater (apparently the 3rd biggest in the world). Absolutely worth a stop. We continued on towards the coast to Mahdia, where we found some old resort hotel with a cheesy disco to stay the night. I think I counted 14 people at the most (all guys), but the beer was pretty good. Next day we had to head north again (we really wanted to explore further south towards the desert, but there was no time). We stopped by the coastal cities of Monastir (go check out the Ribat) and Sousse, both pretty nice, before reaching Tunis again by nightfall. And that was it really. Next morning I had to catch an early flight to Madrid, while Alf as I said was flirting with Roman mosaics at the Bardo.
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