Last time I was in Tunisia was in 1996 with my parents. This time I was just passing going through the capital Tunis, spending two days before going to Libya and two days after.
My couchsurfing hosts took me to a town called Sidi Bou Said where all the buildings were painted in the same white and blue colors. The view of the ocean there was also really nice, with different shades of turqouise blue.
On the International Womens Day August 13th there was a massive feminist protest that we joined. What was special this year was that the gay commity had come out with their flags too, demanding that homofilia should be decriminalised. A historical moment for Tunisia, which I celebrated with my couchsurfing hosts and their friends until late night.
After a night in Annaba, exploring the Saint Augustine Cathedral, the Lighthouse and the “Corniche” promenade it was time to move on to Tunisia which was just a two hour taxi drive away.
When I arrived at the border I was expexting a quick stamp before moving on into Tunisia, but no. After seeing my Libyan visa the immigration boss decided that there was doubt about my visit to Tunisia and that they would therefore not let me pass.
After trying to reason with the immigration officer, I was escorted back to Algeria where the Algerian border guards told me that this should not have happened and advised me to stay overnight to try again in the morning. I was given pizza and water and at 9am, after watching the border guards being changed I tried again with my second passport and got in with no questions asked.
Saint Augustine Church in Annaba
It did not take long walking along the road before someone picked me up and drove me to the border town of Tabarka where I could catch an onwards bus to Tunis. After spending a couple of hours by the beach and walking up to the fortress for some fantastic views I had quickly forgotten the night sleeping on a bench between the two borders.
Tabarka beach and fortress