Monday, 20 January 2014

A trip to Nabeul

We are still waiting for the kids to start school (sometime the week of Jan 20....Keegan is not accepted yet....but we have all our fingers crossed that Tuesday will bring good news!!))but we managed a trip to the beach on Saturday and Sunday!

On Saturday we headed to Nabeul which is not far from Hammamet and it is a very busy tourist destination in the warmer weather.  After touring around a variety of not very well labelled streets, we found a patch of beach and settled in for a picnic lunch.  It was windy but the light through the clouds was very pretty and a nice view while we enjoyed some family picnic time.

On this beach Kaitlyn made a new friend.

A word about cats.  Katilyn is our cat lover (we all love them but she is the queen) and she has wanted to rescue every stray that she sees on the streets and in this case on the beach.  We have our own 2 cats (Canadian import cats!)at home but she would take in 1000 more if she could.  Cats seem to roam quite freely here in Tunisia but their numbers are not kept in check by spay/neutering programs rather lack of food and disease seem to be the default population control.  We have seen a fair share of live and not alive kitties since our arrival.
There are tears and questions about what seems to our cat lover a disregard for the lives of these kitties (dogs too but they don't register to our cat lover as strongly).  It seems like there is a fair amount of 'inshallah'  (God willing or if Allah wills - very common term used here in Tunisia  but all across parts of the Islamic world, other parts of Africa and other places too) in the lives of these kitties.  Kaitlyn made a big dent in the hunger of her little friend on the beach on Saturday.  She feed him all kinds of things from our picnic lunch and was rewarded with affection

Hotdog (this friend's name) was sniffing our picnic bag for the remains of our lunch!

While the garbage workers are on strike garbage worker strike (and even before that) it seems that the kitties benefit from the treasurers they find on every street corner.  

We had a mostly fun time....we discovered after sitting on a log and having a various locals give us weird looks - that about 200 metres away there were benches and a more hospitable picnic location - but that is not how the Bennetts like to do things....

We left Nabeul and headed back to Tunis where we saw some interesting graffiti as we re entered the city.

We have been lucky to be so comfortable in Tunis so far.  We hope to have more adventures especially if our time here is short!

At least there is light through the clouds!

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