Star Wars & An Oasis

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Sunday 13 April, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Travelling through Tunisia in North Africa is an interesting pastime in my opinion. Sure, you’ll see not a lot for miles and miles; just sand, sand and perhaps the odd tree, but all the same, there are some exquisite exceptions.

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Decades before the arrival of Cousin Spike Jnr, I was a Star Wars fan, so to pass through Matmata and see the Troglodyte cave houses was quite something.

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The funny part was seeing all the TV antenna and satellite dishes stuck up out of nowhere – modernity had obviously arrived here too.

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We’ve all heard of an oasis in the desert, but I was quite dumbstruck at how bizarre it actually seemed when you came across a patch of magical lush greenness after seeing nothing but sand and heat mirages for mile after mile.

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This particular oasis was full of towering date palms. Little did I know that 20 years later I would be eating these sweet natural delicacies as an excellent source of energy when working on the farm, or as part of our meals during the month of Ramadan.

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For other posts about this part of the world, click this link, Africa

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8 thoughts on “Star Wars & An Oasis

  1. Nice post and pics. You would have to be pretty uncool if you weren’t a star wars fan. We are fans too and one day far from now hope to walk in your footsteps.

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  2. awesome cave houses. may the Force be with you 🙂

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  3. Gorgeous photos. There is something inspirrational about the desert. And the antenna is fun!

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  4. Ninna says:

    Marvelous, pictures, marvelous desert and I still like Star Wars…

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  5. fredrieka says:

    wow.. I can not imagine living there to hot. I am a skinny dog who needs lots of water.

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