Really. It's hot.
12.09.2007 - 13.09.2007 30 °C
Headin' south. Got up at 6a, yesterday... or not today anyway, time has got a little muddled now... and caught the train to El Jem. Which left at 10am so we had time to kill. Excitment at the station when there was a loud bang and then people were crying and the police were clearing us out, declaring 'accident!', but we don't know what happened. I reckon someone fell off the (high) train and landed on someone else! Anyway, a kid tried to help us with our bags, suspicious now we didn't accept but he stuck to his guns, led us the wrong way, grabbed for our bags and demended money. He left empty handed.
El Jem fantastic, and the museum pretty cool too, best bit was sitting up near the top listening to the call to prayer from the half dozen Mosques below. I held a camel but again a post-event charge was incurred. Then we ate pizza at Chez Faruch, which was OK; better than Alison's kebab at lunch anyway. Afterwards, we spent time watching sunset at the Colloseum and then chilled, but when all the local kids started demanding money we headed off, bought a drink and went to the station to catch last train to Tozeur. Then things got surreal as a woman struck up the first genuine friendly chat of the holiday... or so we thought: half an hour later she was asking us to pretend we knew her, send her an invitation to the UK so she could find work. We promised to help; I suspect we won't.
Arrived Tozeur 6am and checked into first hotel we saw, its hot, really, really hot and our aircon is broken. But on the plus side The town is kinda cool, unique brickwork great minarets and old town, tonight we're looking for a famous museum and some supposedly great rocks. Tomorrow probably hiring a 4x4 and going desert and salt lake, should be good, not cheap mind. Also, no-one trying to rip us off anymore! closest thing was a kid looking for chewing gum, so we're much happier.
Oh and its apparantly Ramadan, though dates given vary I'm pretty sure its started now. Only allowed to eat / drink in secret for fear of upsetting people!