Bizerte: Ramadan and Margaritas
The other day we invited
The jobs onboard continue. Anne tied a Turks Head (the knot variety) to the steering wheel so it’s easier to know where center is. Stephen launched the dinghy and cleaned the hull. We both got up early one morning and cleaned the decks before breakfast to avoid the heat.
On Thursday we went into town as it was the start of
Ramadan. It was the same as usual, cafes busy, people eating in fast food shops
etc. We knew
Ramadan officially started on Friday at sunset. It was marked by several loud bangs of canons being fired. We went into town on Saturday and this time the cafes were closed and people on the street were not eating or drinking. Otherwise everything was normal and we bought the usual fresh fish and vegetables at bargain prices (such as a massive bunch of parsley for 5p).
Each evening during Ramadan a loud cannon bang marks sunset
when the Muslims can start to eat and drink. In the Lonely Planet guidebook it
says “Ramadan is an experience and although cafes are closed during the
day they come alive at night often holding impromptu live concerts”. Well
they never visited
One nice thing about
Last weeks supermarket shop was unusual. All went well during checkout except that the till produced lots of paper - much longer than the items we had purchased. The cashier called a supervisor over who gave me (Stephen) the long bit of paper and asked me to sign it, print my name, and another item I had no idea so I printed my name again. Then they refused my money and started to serve the next person. I realised that for whatever reason I had won my shopping and it was all free!!
Turks Head knot by Anne