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Tunisia; My review!

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1. Posted by andarts (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

We'd found ourselves an absolute bargain. With the lure of 3 star bed and breakfast accommodation, 90 degree heat and the Sahara desert, we promptly booked up.

On arrival, It dawned on me this place was different. I can only describe it as looking like the more 'upmarket' areas of Baghdad, without the tanks and such like. A fair amount of rubble, shack housing and street gangs. We'd certainly booked a 'cheap' holiday here.

The 'Hotel' had a similar 'warzone' feel. To be fair, it was comfortable. With the excitement of finding we had free aircon, we promptly flicked it onto 'fridge mode' and got some well earned kip.

We both woke late, shivering, and with blue lips from the cold. I was concerned my friend had contracted pneumonia, as we had managed to get the room temperature down to -6. I opened the balcony doors to a wall of heat, which nearly knocked me out, but got the blood moving again and helped the goose bumps disappear. 5 minutes later I was sweating. This place was blazing hot.

Breakfast then. A buffet of boiled eggs (protein), stale bread (carbs), onions (essential vitiams) and spam (everything else). Once I realized this was the 'breakfast' part of the holiday, I couldn't contain myself, eventually getting stomach cramps from the giggles. After necking a few eggs, we promptly booked up a typical touristy trek out to the Sahara.

There wasn't much going on, so we busied ourselves with beers, beaches and working on the tan for the next few days before the trek. Perfect; until we ventured a little too far down the local beach.

Now, I've got nothing against homosexuals. In fact, I know a few, and they seem.. OK. What I object to, is being approached by a gang of three local males, and then offered a certain 'service'. This was described in French, then sketchy English. I was rather naive, and didn't really get the jist, so they decided to draw me a picture in the sand. Just imagine that for a second. My fragile mind is still healing from the image. I promptly told them to be on their way in English, and decided it best not to go back to that beach.

The trek came round and we embarked on a trip out into the Sahara, which turned out to be quite fantastic. Despite the food poisoning, tour guides with speech impediments and intense heat inside the coach, it was well worth doing. Camel's, salt plains and cruising up to the Algerian border, we did it all. They even chucked in a free night at a lush 'Arabian Nights' style palace, which made it even more worthwhile.

Despite having to spend near on 8hours in a coach to get back, we'd had a real laugh, and was a good end to the holiday.

Would I go back to Tunisia? Hell no. To be honest, that place is just one big desert.

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3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

hmmm. I liked Tunisia. I think maybe you missed the best bits.

4. Posted by irish9 (Full Member 19 posts) 10y

well, I would say each to their own! But definately wouldn't agree with Tunisa Being one big desert! What a load of rubbish. Have u taken time out to travel around the country? If u did u'd find that the desert only covers 1/4 of the bottom of the country! The north is full of forests & natural springs, coral reefs and beautiful mountains. Tunis itself is great especially sititng in one of the cosmopolitian cafes under the shade of the sun or downing shots made from natural figs (lethal!) in any of the bars or nite clubs.. It is after all the most westernised & liberal muslim country in the world!! I really liked Carthage, and the Bardo museum which has the largest collection of roman mosiacs in the world! fantastic!! The people of Tunisia r one of the friendliest, honest and always make u fell safe.. couldn't fault them in any way.

Travelling is all bout being open to new experiences and respecting other cultures, not tryin to give u a lecture here but thought ur words were very harsh indeed sayin that "Tunisa is just one big desert"... But hold on a minute.. Did u not say that u booked ur holiday in the desert???!!! U don't need to be genius to figure out u have keen observation skills there mate!!!

Enough said

5. Posted by andarts (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

hmmm. I liked Tunisia. I think maybe you missed the best bits.

Thanks for the reply magykal1. I did enjoy the holiday, and certainly saw some amzing things, I just wouldn't go back!

Travelling is all bout being open to new experiences and respecting other cultures, not tryin to give u a lecture here but thought ur words were very harsh indeed sayin that "Tunisa is just one big desert"... But hold on a minute.. Did u not say that u booked ur holiday in the desert???!!! U don't need to be genius to figure out u have keen observation skills there mate!!!

Enough said

irish9, please don't take me to seriously, I'm trying to write my account of a cheap budget holiday in a humorous and sarcastic manner, nothing more.

My other reviews have come under heated debate on this forum, so I think maybe I'm being a little to blunt when I write. I have taken this on board for when I write my next review.

I noticed from your profile, Tunisia is one of your favorite places, so I've obviously hit a nerve. I do not wish to offend, and if I have I apologize.

You've explored areas that sound fantastic, the north sounds very appealing, have you blog and photos?

6. Posted by irish9 (Full Member 19 posts) 10y

Hey andarts,

Really didn't mean to take offence. Just funny readin over what i said. I didn't mean to sound that cruel! like i said each to their own! Yeah i liked it a lot when i went, great memories. No, sorry no pics or blogs, just my latest adventure starting 1st march round the world.. so watch out!!!

catch ya later x

7. Posted by andarts (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

just my latest adventure starting 1st march round the world.. so watch out!!!

I'm intrigued! What's the plan?

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

I thought that review of Tunisia was interesting, and rather well written as well.

I think I'd give the desert a miss if I went there, and perhaps not turn that air con down so low

9. Posted by andarts (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

I thought that review of Tunisia was interesting, and rather well written as well.

Thanks James! Feel free to read my others on Turin and Copenhagen! :)

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