We have overwintered in Monastir, Tunisia
and are still here. I came back to get the yacht ready in March. I am still waiting for the Travel Lift
to have its renovation
completed to get back in the water
. I am presently on promise no.124 that it will be ready by 10th July.....In fairness it is looking good ..now!..but that is cruising, no more , no less.
The effect of this attack on Tunisians is terrible. It is country that depends on Tourism for its very existence. To walk the streets now at the start of the peak summer season and not see the tourists is an airy feeling. The charter
companies are flying them to alternative sunspots FOC. Empty planes in, full out.
Restaurants and bazaars during the day appear empty (it is Ramadan) no people , no business , no money
. Following the previous attack the cruise
ships have stopped coming. The flow on affect of that, my Taxi Driver (flying in 4 days ago for second try) had been waiting for 18 hours to get a fare. In cruise ship
times he had 3 trips a day in his van full of day trippers paying 30 td each x 8 = 240 td x 3= 720td/day down to 100td. This is just one case scenario, consider the flow on.
With the terrorist attack in France
, will people stop going to France
to rubber neck? Did they stop going to London in IRA times.
So where does it lead, the economy stalls, the people become disillusioned, further unrest, who knows.
I do know that the Tunisians are devastated by this further attack, they are made very aware of its impact, daily. Security
has improved since the previous attack and they are desperate to stay as main stream as they can. How do you secure or stop a radicalised German raised Islam fundamentalist walking in with a weapon in a beach umbrella onto a beach.
In perspective life has dangerous any where. Again consider, is it dangerous to go to church on Sunday in USA southern States. Should tourists avoid USA altogether.
Is it when we succumb to these attacks and avoid these destinations that the Terrorist has achieved his aim, is that their plan?Do we play that?
The punishment here exceeds the crime. An entire nation is being punished for trying to climb out of this tangle of doctrines. I don't mean to play down this awful catastrophe. My deepest sympathies to all those families who have been involved.
With the news coverage this getting i ask myself if i would return or come here in the circumstances..with the sensationalism of 24/7 world news events
, [I] would be cautious. The reality of being here is always different.
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