Post by chuckr on Jun 27, 2015 8:35:06 GMT
It is with great difficulty that I write this. Some of you know that we have wintered over twice in Tunisia and had a great time. Last year we traveled all over the country and were welcome and felt safe everywhere we went. This year I ruptured a shoulder tendon and had surgery and 2 screws put in to hold me together and it was a great experience from the doctor, to the hospital to the physical therapy folks. The food is wonderful as are the people and we had no issues with security until the Bardo incident.
We had planned to take a 5 day camel ride across the desert but were advised that it would not be a good idea. The area in Southern Tunisia was getting a bit questionable whereas last year it was very safe, so we elected not to go.
With this latest incident it is evident that those who want to do damage to Tunisia realize that tourism is the 2nd leading industry in Tunisia and have targeted it. The other problem is those who are pulling the trigger. It appears that in both the recent cases these are people with education and perhaps good jobs and family. As such you never know who may do you harm. I must say that in all our travels we always are vigilant of our surroundings and who is around us but after Bardo we got even more vigilant and careful.
As such I with great reluctance suggest anyone headed to Tunisia may want to just leave their boat there and not live aboard until the situation and security improves. And it is not just the security of the place where you are living it is where you go to shop for food, go to the dentist or doctor, hardware store ect.
We simply love Tunisia and hope the best for the people there as we have a lot of friends there but will not think about going back until the situation appears to improve.