After getting off the plane, I’m only 7 or 8km from Houmt Souk, the main city on this island.
The yellow Dacia taxi that took me there had to just drive in a straight line through a empty main road, so the driver put his headlights on fullbeam and straddled both lanes, and I watched as I saw the speedo needle creep up and up as he put his foot down until I saw it pointed to 120kph.
My hotel is very cheap but could be considered quite primitive…
I have an ensuite bathroom – without a toilet. There are these two beds, a mattress on top of a stone shelf, but quite a comfortable temperature actually. Tunisia climate is pleasant in November. In the morning the Islamic call to prayer comes into my window a bit earlier than I would prefer.
Outside is a pleasant court yard with some trees, and a simple table as there is dinner which I had couscous and beef included in the £5/night cost of the room, as well as breakfast of some French bread and jam and coffee.
1. Plans – 2. French Connection – 3. My hotel in Djerba – 4. El Griba synagogue outside – 5. El Griba synagogue inside – 6. Markets – 7. Christianity in Tunisia – 8. Ferry to mainland Tunisia – 9. Getting to Matmata, Tunisia – 10. Sidi Idris Hotel New Hope Star Wars filmset – 11. Secrets I learnt about the famous Matmata Star Wars set – 12. Cave homes for would-be Jedis – 13. More what you don’t see in Star Wars at Hotel Sidi Idris – 14. How hospitable is Sidi Idris? – 15. ATM machines and drought – 16. Matmata Nouvelle (New Matmata) – 17. Tunisian butchers and fisherman – 18. Libyan and Algerian neighbours – 19. Jewellery businesses in Djerba – 20. Tunisia and Israel relations – 21. Hara Kebira, Jewish school, soap and TV repair shops – 22. Jewish community of Hara Kebira – 23. Going home