topics: Port of Tunis, economy, agriculture, border crossing; jump to dispatch
|At 6:00 PM|
October 17–18, 1997
|Sunrise (local): 6:28 a.m.|
Sunset (local): 5:40 p.m.
|Traveled Since Oct. 16|
6 mi / 10 km
505 mi / 813 km
|Lat: 36° 50' 05" N|
Lon: 10° 13' 03" E
Elev: 0 ft / 0 m
[Webmaster's note: This dispatch covers the travel days from October 17 to October 18. The almanac data refers to October 18.]
- Where We Are: Tunis
- Where We're Staying: A family home in the rue de Sfax, hosted by friends of Ethan
- Places We Visited: Travel day — no visits
- Featured Site: Liberté (a ship of the SNCM, or Société Nationale Maritime Corse–Méditerranée, also known as Ferryterranée)
- Person of the Day: Madame Nabila
- What We Ate:
- Food of the Day: chausson aux pommes
- Breakfast/Lunch: pains au chocolat, croissants, apples, Yop (yogurt drink)
- Dinner: two kinds of baguettes, accompanied by tomatoes, peppers, famous French goat cheeses, and — as a farewell to France — more of our favorite yogurt drink, Yop . . . or what was left of it
- Olive Count: 458
- Word of the Day: Gilet de sauvetage means "life jacket" in French.
- Tech Fact of the Day: Electricity is the food for our four Compaq laptops and we take care to feed them often. One computer battery needs approximately two to three hours for a full charge. With this voltage-meal, our computers work for about two hours without being plugged in (and the computer will run for up to eight hours when we use the sleep/screensaver mode). To keep them charged on the road, we visit cafés in hopes of both café au lait and electrical outlets. Or, if we are lucky, local contacts let us use their offices or apartments for charging our batteries. Overall, it has been much easier to find a plug in the wall with which to feed our batteries every day than it is to find a phone line with which to connect to the Internet. We hope this will change in Tunisia!
- Flat Count: 2
- Broken Spoke Count: 7
Next Stop: Bizerte!
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