What Shocks Russians in Tunisia
Tunisia is a colorful country, and much here surprises Russian tourists, as we wrote in the article " Amazing in Tunisia ." But there are several phenomena that lead to a real cultural shock. We'll talk about this on this page, try to prepare our readers for this and smooth out the negative impressions of the trip.
In 2011, there was a revolution in Tunisia, which is also called "Finikova" or "Zhasminova." The revolution was accompanied by a partial destruction of the old state apparatus, but the new system of power was not fully formed to the end.
One of the consequences was complete confusion with who and at whose expense should clean up the garbage. As a result, nobody simply removes garbage. The photo on the right is made on the island of Djerba in 2016. This is a typical picture for modern Tunisia.
To solve this problem by legal methods Tunisians did not manage to "extinguish" money also it has not turned out because of absence at the country of money. The problem has remained, there is no solution to this day.
Tunisia is simply littered with garbage. The situation is aggravated by constant winds, which are driven by plastic bags, plastic bottles and other items throughout the country. Many Tunisians think: "Why remove this package? Now the wind will blow and the garbage will fly to the neighbor."
If you talk with the people of Tunisia, you will understand that they are already accustomed to this deplorable situation, no one is surprised at anything. Problems in the garbage they no longer see, garbage has become a tradition. Therefore, it is not necessary to wait for an early resolution of this problem.
Fortunately, the territory of hotels and airports zone still clean. This garbage tourists see only when they go to the city on excursions or by taxi to the shops. Half of the tourists "garbage" problems just do not notice, and this is for the better.
On the beach of hotels go camels and defecate
The law of Tunisia says that a zone of 3 meters from the coast is free, it can be walked by anyone - both people and animals. Local residents do not miss the chance to exercise their right and go with camels along the coast, offering tourists to ride animals for a modest fee of 5 or more Tunisian dinars .
The protection of hotels does not have the right to expel them or not to go to the beach, the police are also powerless. If something happens near your hotel, you will have to accept it. The only thing that can be done is to look carefully at your feet to avoid stepping on. In good hotels on the beach there is a cleaner who quickly removes the consequences.
This law is used not only by local residents with camels, but also by tourists themselves. In Tunisia you can walk freely along the coastline, swim in the beaches of neighboring hotels, by law, the protection of neighboring hotels has no right to stop anyone.
The same law is used by vagabond merchants, offering tourists clothes, fruits, drinks and cigarettes. Prices, of course, are exorbitant. And one more important consequence. Do not leave valuable things on the beach, because even a hotel beach has access to any person .
Tunisians smoke almost everywhere
The situation with smoking rules in Tunisia is very similar to the problem of smoking in China - no rules. In Tunisia there are official norms for smokers, but they were not spit on, we talked about this in detail in the article " cigarettes and smoking in Tunisia ."
Tunisians smoke in the lobby of hotels, bars and restaurants, annoying non-smoking tourists. Drivers of Tunisian taxis smoke at the wheel, and it happens that drivers of sightseeing buses smoke by opening a window.
Fashion for electronic cigarettes did not pass by and Tunisia, young people are actively engaged in "hover". Traditional hookah smoking in bars in hotels themselves tourists, not paying special attention to others. In the hotel rooms, smoking is prohibited according to the laws of the country, but this rule is observed by very few people. We still recommend going out for smoking on the balcony.
In Tunisia there is an unspoken rule: "You can smoke where the ashtray is." If you smoke, try to live by this rule, it still did not let anyone down. If you do not smoke, stay away from the ashtrays.
Absence of traffic lights and non-observance of traffic rules
Traffic lights in Tunisia are, they are all in the capital of the country - the city of Tunis. Traffic lights are a local attraction and evidence of technical progress in the country. The rest of the country (except the capital) is remarkably without traffic lights.
Failure to comply with the SDA - the problem of almost all Arab countries, from the countries popular with tourists only the UAE is a pleasant exception.
If you went by taxi in Egypt or walked along the streets of Cairo, then the situation, when five minutes do not dare to cross the road, will not be surprising. If there is no experience of visiting the Arab countries, then prepare for the worst impressions of the Tunisian drivers.
In any case, we encourage! Be extremely careful on the roads in Tunisia , try to cross the road only on the "zebra" and try to miss the car, do not expect that the driver will stop and pass pedestrians. Do not risk in vain! And read our page " What not to do to tourists in Tunisia ."
Tunisia - mass grave of Soviet prisoners of war
Few tourists know these facts, you will not read about it in school history books. When Russians learn about this, many are shocked and do not know how to react.
Let's go deeper into history. In 1942, there was a war in North Africa. The English fought against the Germans and Italians. The African corps of the Wehrmacht (the troops of Nazi Germany) was commanded by the famous Erwin Rommel, who for his successes in Africa was called "The Desert Fox."
Rommel asked Hitler to send 60,000 Soviet prisoners of war to Africa for the construction of fortifications and other heavy work. The Führer promised 50 thousand. How many our compatriots have got to North Africa, now it is precisely not known - it is a minimum of 20 thousand, a maximum of 50.
Almost all these people died here from dehydration, diphtheria and other diseases. Some managed to escape and find refuge with local residents, but after the war they were returned back to the USSR, and there they were waited for by a sad fate in Stalin's camps. Units were able to stay in Tunisia.
Walking on the land of Tunisia, remember how many bones of our compatriots lie under their feet. By the way, Germans in this company killed 18.5 thousand, Italians 13.5 thousand, English 35.5 thousand. Now, looking at the peaceful Tunisia, and you will not think that there was a big war here.
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