At 4:00 AM, we took a taxi from our vacation rental in Mestre to the airport in Venice. Our flight was scheduled to leave at 6:50 AM.
When we got to the airport, we found out that the airline, Alitalia, had bumped us. Our flight didn’t leave until 7:50 AM.
So we found a place to sit and wait for an hour until they’d check our bags.
We kept our bags on a trolley while we waited.
This is the airport in Venice.
Our three bags got checked and put into individual plastic bags.
Then we had to go through security at the airport.
By the time we got through security the sun was just coming up.
We boarded a shuttle to take us to our gate.
We waited at the gate for about an hour before boarding.
The plane was very small with only two seats on each side of the aisle. At least it was a short flight. We flew from Venice to Rome and then we had to get on another, different plane and go from Rome to Tunis, Tunisia.
This photo was taken in Tunis, right after we got off our plane.
Tunisia is much different than Italy. Because it’s a Muslim country, most of the women wear hijabs or head coverings.
We had to wait for our driver.
Lydian practices French by reading a local newspaper. Tunisians only speak French and Arabic. When we speak English, they don’t understand us.
Our driver, Ahmed drove us to our vacation rental.
A lot of the billboards are written in Arabic.
Ihmed. He owns our vacation rental in Tunis.
This is our vacation rental where we’ll stay for five weeks.
It’s quite comfortable.
After settling into our new apartment, we took a taxi to Carrefour, the grocery store. This woman was begging in the streets.
This is a fruit stand near our home. I like the way they used bananas to decorate the front of their store.
John sits in the front with the taxi driver. Women are second-class citizens in Tunisia. Men treat Lydian and I differently here.
Lydian and I appreciate women’s rights in the United States a lot more after experiencing other countries where women have fewer rights.
This is the sidewalk just outside our home. The little palm trees look like giant pineapples!
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