The Berlin couple is traveling with a cat. It is also travel expierienced, enjoys the view from the truck over the campsite. Tara is visibly irritated, something she has never seen – a cat travelling, but Africa is very different, but travelling with a cat would never come to her mind.
We spend the waiting time on the campsite with the necessary work such as washing the clothes. Together with Bine and Bodo we go to the center of Gabes to have coffee.
In a sidewalk cafe, we enjoy the warm sun and talk about our plans to cross Africa by car. They also always had dreamed to do so, but somehow it never happened. Also, we are rather skeptical about whether we should continue on with this car alone.
On the next morning we use the time to do a horse carriage ride through the oasis at Gabes with the Berlin couple . We start at the bus station, but for now we want to strengthen ourselves with delicious chicken sandwiches.
Two carriages are found quickly, we have to negotiate the price, a tough issue, but we agree and so we go.
Our coachman is a funny guy, speaks surprisingly good German and explains the use of different plants which are grown in the oasis.
We enjoy the ride and are impressed by the beautiful landscape.
Widespread here is the date palm. Dates are one of the main crops that are harvested in oases. We can find them in different maturity stages.
For the first time we see the plant from which henna is made. It looks unimpressive and the derived powder surprisingly produces these rich colors.
Days go by and again we walk into the town and visit pretty much all the sights of the centre. We are already impatient, and the wait on spare parts is getting to our nerves. Just in time before Christmas the injectors arrive .