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Just a quick update while it’s possible..

Three weeks into the trip and it seems more like three months. Time has that wonderfull elastic effect, and we seem to be gaining back the time we missed in the last month of preparations. The step over from house to truck has come about  with extreme ease (maybe even to much!) and our new routine is as natural as our previous one. The desert has had that liberating effect on all of us…free movements and thoughts, and we are generally ‘a very happy family’ at the moment.

Christmas too has come and gone without too much fuss (incredible!!) Simple , easy and calm….and yes Father Christmas did it again, all that way with his tired reindeers through the icy dunes, just for his two favorite little children.

We are now in Douz, parked under the Moazin at our friend Abdallah’s house ,ready for our ‘non’ celebration of the New Year (experience has told me that we will never make it to twelve o’clock, but we will turn our watches back three hours and drink a good glass of wine to everybodies health) At the moment the  days are punctuated by the  call for prayers and as ever the warm hospitality from Abdallahs family…cous cous (hot, hot….says Giulio) home made bread and tea religiously made on hot wood embers and not gas. Here certain rituals have been brushed aside, but not all, and the family is always ready to pack up a few provisions and take the goats and themselves out to the desert for a bit of ‘calm’

In a few days we will be heading for Libya and another full immersion into the Sahara with our German friends in their two trucks, so no internet until next month,so a big hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all, and thank you for the many messages…i must finish as  I have just been solemnly invited for a ceremonial tea by Lusira who has just married Giulio (bouquet and all).. Yes the impossible has happened, and so much time spent together has made them an inseperable pair.


10 responses

  1. antonio di tucci

    un (bel) pò ci mancate…. vi mandiamo un bacio grandissimo a tutti e 4! Velantina e Antonio

    01/01/2011 at 1:21 pm

  2. Dan

    Wow lots of memories seeing photos of Tunisia. Great to see these updates – keep em coming 🙂

    Sounds like you are having a great time – Happy New Year to all of you!

    Lots of love from cold grey London


    02/01/2011 at 6:58 pm

  3. beppe

    buon 2011!!!!!

    03/01/2011 at 5:59 pm

  4. Ivan

    Great photos!
    Hope you’re all OK and having fun on that great big er… beach.


    05/01/2011 at 2:58 pm

  5. connie&angelo

    absolutely great pictures……………….
    to all of you a fantastic 2011 and keep it up!
    have a wunderful time there and all my best for the day’s to come………………
    big hug from
    connie,angelo and family

    08/01/2011 at 2:11 pm

  6. Dan

    Assuming you made it to Libya OK and avoided all the trouble in Tunisia!

    Hope you are having a wonderful time – looking forward to the next update. Will you be going through Egypt soon? Make sure you get some good Koushari, shawarma and fuul.. Mmm yum! Let me know if you are around Cairo, I know some great local eateries that are really cheap and good.

    Me and Kate are both healthy and happy, but London is, as ever, cold, grey and expensive! Am currently looking for a better job and a better place to live, so hopefully things will be improving soon..

    Love to all the family,

    20/01/2011 at 5:26 pm

    • Ivan

      Assuming not only that you made it to Libya and avoided all the trouble in Tunisia but that you stayed there and avoided all the trouble in Egypt too!

      Hope all is OK.

      Big hug.

      31/01/2011 at 5:59 pm

      • Couldn’t have said it better myself! and yes you can also assume we left Libya in time to avoid troubles…sorry fro late reply but internet not so easy in desert. We’re in Italy now and hope to leave again in a weeks time …Greece, Turkey, and then we see, best not to plan too much. Hope you’re all fine.Love and kisses
        Sameena and Family

        23/02/2011 at 9:15 pm

  7. Giuseppe Vitale

    Ciao e buon viaggio

    30/01/2011 at 10:45 pm

  8. fabio e angela

    ciao cari,
    buon anno e state attenti alle rivoluzioni.


    31/01/2011 at 6:01 pm

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