The area in western Tunisia is simply beautiful. Mediterranean hilly. Rocky. And again our desire to compare catches up with us: Northern Italy.
When we drive along the streets and breathe in the typical scents of one of the many oil mills, we think of our beloved Koroni in Greece.
But no, we are in Tunisia. A country full of surprises. Sea, desert, canyons, green mountains, rocky mountain edges. Simply wonderful, especially the diversity.
Again and again we look for lakes where we spend the night. On GoogleMaps, the lakes also look like lakes. In the south of Tunisia, they are simply sandy areas. We have got used to that. Further north, there are often reservoirs that supply the big cities in the north like Tabarka, Bizerte and Tunis with their water power.
In Nebeur and also in Beni M'Tir we can stand directly at (not on!) the respective dam walls. We get to talk to the local people, "El Patrone der Wasserkraft" is also there at the moment and answers all our questions. The water level has been falling continuously for 10 years, there is no rain or simply too little. He points to the water level gauge, which has not been in the water for years.
He can do nothing, he is helpless. He shrugs his shoulders and says somewhat resignedly: "We have to save the world, but how?"
As we sit in the car again, sadness overcomes us. And we are also a little resigned. In our training "Living Fit for Grandchildren we have made an ecological footprint of our lifestyle and are doing quite well compared to many others. And yet: it is too little.
We do not want to proselytise. We would prefer it if everyone would just take a good look at the earth. That is utopian, we know. But we also feel and know that there is a bit more in each of us, if only we do it.
A little bit.
We sit somewhat wistfully in our Felix, listen to podcasts on the topic, discuss a lot and think about whether there could also be a contribution on sustainable living in a motorhome here on "Leben pur" from time to time, whether our readers would (v)endure it. Or would they even like it? We would mark the contributions at the beginning somehow. And if someone is not interested because they are only interested in travel stories, he or she could simply click on.
What do you think, would that be a possibility? What do you think about the topic? What do you do, what would you like to improve? And do you have any tips for a sustainable VanLife? Let's do something together for our planet.
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