Thursday, September 25, 2014

We're camped about 200KM south of Tunis to the west of El Jem a modest size city that is home to several Roman ruins that are considered among the best in the Sahara, including a well preserved, but endangered amphitheater. Our plans are to tour El Jem later today, but for now I'm watching the first light in the eastern sky.

With the permission of the farmer, we are camped next to an olive grove, olives being one of Tunisia's largest agricultural commodities. Everywhere you go on the flat arid plain that is Tunisia you find olive trees. From the air the groves appear as ill formed dots in a square. 

I'm with Carole and Tomas and their youngest children, with their Iveco camper, along with friends in a Hilux and another in a Iveco van. Someone always joins me in Buster each day and we switch off regularly, as there are eight of us and 3 children on the trip. This time we left the dogs at home.

The temperature has moderated for the desert but the it is still warm, with overnights in the low twenties and the days approaching thirty. The rainy season has begun, so we hit an occasional shower and muddy road.

Today we'll visit El Jem's historical sites and the souk, a girl's gotta go shopping when she has the chance and tomorrow head to the south.



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