I got to see a bit of the mountains of Tunisia today.
This was, as I like to call them, a scoping trip. See a few new places briefly, get a flavor for what they’re like, remember where I might want to return to someday for a deeper visit.
I was fortunate to have Sam to guide me again today. He took me into the mountains where the (mostly) abandoned ruins of a centuries-old village were carved into the hillside. He then took me to the airport, where I am beginning my journey back to Seattle.
There will be more photos when I get a chance to catch my breath.
Today’s flight tracklog took a rather curvy path for two reasons, as I understand it:
- Israeli airspace is closed to Emirates airlines because the two countries do not have diplomatic relations.
- There were heavy thunderstorms over the part of Saudi Arabia where the “normal” flight path would have taken us. We got some turbulence for a bit, but judging by the lightning flashes I saw out my window (right side of the plane), we were wise to divert to the north as we did.
It’s now just past 4 in the morning in Dubai as I write this. I’m doing my best to stay awake now, sleep on the flight, and hopefully be sort of adjusted back to Pacific time when I return. Wish me luck.