I love to go to different places. Not only for the sake of their history, but also for the sake of their beauty, how they change my mood and how they make me feel.
As i told in my previous article, my car had deteriorated and so, Lyn told me that i don’t have to travel so i can write. Well, i’m sorry Lyn, i’m a bad boy sometimes, i couldn’t listen to that and i did travel, not so far in distance, just an hour and a half driving from “Kébili” to the Eastern North. I went to the city of Gabes, exactly to Chenini. I couldn’t resist not going there again.
Gabes is also known by the greatness of its Oasis, very popular with the production of Pomegranate and “Henna”.
“Henna” is a plant used especially by women in weddings as a tradition, for decoration like tattoo, also used as a medicine.
“Chenini” is the heart of the Oasis of “Gabes”, there are leasure parks and zoo and some other wonderful places.
My destination was the park of “Ras El Wed”, a two years old park, the property of “mr. Idoudi Monji”, unfortunately i didn’t find him there to talk with, he went for a holiday.
Before i start talking about my day there, i will let some pictures i took speak to you first, a stimulus to your imagination.
Walking through these different places made me feel like i was in another planet.

Watch the video;

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxnWu4ZvJPDfbEh2ekxaNGIzXzQ/view

 

If Steven Spielberg knew about this place, he would film his movie Jurassic Park there. The majority of people who work there are women. For them, it’s not just a duty, no, they belong there, they live there as one family from day to night. “Ras El Wad” is a part of them. So easy going people, the moment you say ‘hi’, you become a member of their family.
I ‘ordered’ a Coke and “Soumaya” the owner’s wife replied :” shut up Hatem, you ask too much” and laughed. I laughed too. When you are there, you can see their sense of humour and their spontanity. I laughed and i went to get the Coke by myself. “Mounira” her friend who works there too saw that and said :” good boy, well done, you’re a family now so act like one and make yourself at home”. And as a reward, they cooked “Mtabga” and gave me one for free. Yes Lyn, there’s “Mtabga” there too.
A sense of love, cooperation, harmony, peace, “Ras El Wad” gives you.
I asked “Soumaya” about how did her husband came up with the idea of turning that place into heaven’s park so she pointed her finger behind me and asked me to turn around. There was a huge olive tree. She said :” you see that tree, “Monji” was born under it”.
Are you still with me readers? Forget anything you heard about this place and focus on that.. “he was born there”. I wonder, do we still have this nostalgia to our past?
“Ras El Wad” is not just their project, its them. That’s the case of so many places but…
I noticed that water wasn’t running there like i’ve been told it was and the reason for that is factories. Water has been malused by factories and the citizens are worried about their Oasis.
About two hours passed. I took my phone to check the time, well, it felt like two hours but i spent 6 hours and a half. People still there.. the ones who came before me and the ones who came after me, i guess they had no sense of time too. People easy come, they won’t leave. Reminds me of the song of the Eagles, “hotel california” when it says :”you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave”.
I had to leave, unfortunately or i would be late for the bus but i know that i’ll go back there again and again.
I wish authorities pay more attention to nature. Nature is made for us to survive not to destroy it.
“Ras El Wad”….. see you soon.

 

About Cool Burn Hatem

Hatem Dhwibi, a.k.a CooL Burn. A black guy from South Tunisia, kebili. Born in the second of december, 1988, but for him, he's not born yet. His life, the life he's looking forward didn't start yet. Cool Burn is the nickname he picked up for himself as a reflection of his person. Cool because he smiles, whether its time for a smile or not, he says : "i smile because i can". Burn, because he's burning from the inside, flames no one knows about, may be even no one could understand, so he's keeping himself a secret. Graduated from the higher institute of languages as an english teacher, he got the impression of his teachers and colleges especially during oral presentation sessions. He wanted to carry on courses but life didn't want him to. He lives in big-small city in the south. Big in space but small in content. He says : "dreams is what keeps me alive" He is ambitious, his dreams has no limits. He achieved some and still struggling for the rest. His father died when he was 13 years old, that left him a scar. 13 years after the death, he made the first song about his father called "R.i.P dad", in which he describes what happened that day and what he felt and of course using english language, making a duet with his friend whose father died recently. Music for him is a release, a remedy, so he writes, sometimes he records when able, other times he just keep his verses on papers. His mom is his first lady, he says :" no one and nothing comes before mom even i" Not much seen in his life but enough for him to learn how to survive. Contact info: Email : hatem.dhwibi@gmail.com Facebook : Hatem Cool Burn Fone : +216 28 086 670