Team Tunisia!

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
Trip End Feb 18, 2007

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Confronted with the prospect of a week of Easter holidays, and the exorbitant prices for travel anywhere in Spain, a bunch of kids from Barca and i headed off to Tunisia.

It was amazing.

Trip didn't start well - despite all assurances to the contrary, we arrived at Tunisia airport and were promptly yelled at by the visa police for arriving without our visas already sorted out. It was midnight, and we were told that it was going to take 2 hours to process our visas.So we were dragged out of the passport control line and locked in the holding pen along with 20 Ghanian refugees, It was a fairly embarrassing moment really... But the visas finally got sorted out, and we got to the bus that was transferring us to our hotel, albeit 3 hours late. There were some pretty spectacular greasys from the Spaniards who had been waiting on the bus all that time.

After the first little hiccup, Tunisia was amazing. The history is incredible - i spent several happy days wandering around in amazing, flower filled Roman ruins. There are so few tourists that you often had the whole site to yourself - a far cry from anything you would find in Europe. Also spent a great deal of time shopping. I now have a carpet. Trying not to think about how I am gonna get that back to Australia...

The people were absolutely amazing -everyone is so willing to help, and so chatty and excited to see you. Generally also trying to think of a way to get as much money out of you as possible, but at least it was all done with a smile :) Like the charming man who tried to sell me a moth eaten jumper for roughly AU$100.

Another minor hiccup on the way home - even though the plane was 3 hours late, they still didn't manage to get my luggage on it. So i ended up standing at the baggage carousel in Barcelona at 4am with that horrible sinking feeling as my luggage failed to make an appearance, But it is home now, brief stopovers in Casablanca and Madrid, and me and my carpet have been reunited :)
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