Tunisia - The Rommel Trail & a few reading tips for lazy days

Tunisia - The Rommel Trail & a few reading tips for lazy days

There is a lot of talk about the world wars in Tunisia. And Rommel, who led the Nazi North Africa Corps in the Second World War, seems to have left many legacies here. One of them is a mountain road that was apparently built by order of this same Rommel and then only used once by his tanks. (Truth content = uncertain)

The road used to be a circular route of about 100 kilometres, the western half is now paved and can be driven beautifully in the most beautiful landscape. The eastern route of the ring can also be travelled if you have an off-road vehicle. 

In order to spare Felix's underbody and the nerves of the bitch on the co-driver's seat, we decide to take only the western route, enjoy fantastic nature and find ourselves at what is probably the most beautiful campsite of our Tunisian round trip so far.

Night falls, we make ourselves comfortable. And because it's so nice, we stay the whole next day and read, listen to audio books and I knit in the meantime.

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And we thought we'd list a few of our books/audiobooks from the last few years here.

So if you just want to read our travel stories, you're done here. For those who need a little inspiration, can look in here or look through the upcoming 2021 and 2022 list:

Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu "The Book of Joy

My absolute favourite is "The Book of Joy"where the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu talk about joy. Really entertaining and so much beauty in it, we have it as an audio book and have already listened to it twice.


ISBN 3778782657

Anselm Grün "The art of finding the right measure".

I love this book. It's about confronting this eternal "higher, further, faster". Simply fantastic, great to read even just chapter by chapter.

No link, as it is not available for purchase at Buch7.de. I borrowed it from the library

ISBN 3423280409

Rutger Bregman "Basically good"

He claims that the world is good, and so is man. And he proves it. And he shows quite clearly how opinion mongering can lead to false world views. Very impressive!


ISBN 349900416X

Roger Willemsen "Tour of Germany

Actually, you can read all his books and search YouTubes with him for days - just his look, his phrasing, hach - I love him! Roger, you are missing so much in my reading landscape!


ISBN 3596509599

Raynor Winn "The Salt Path"

We listened to this as an audiobook, a wonderful story about a married couple who lost everything and were then richly blessed by life. A beautiful novel.


ISBN 3616031540

Tim Jackson "How do we want to live?"

That's a good question, isn't it? Scenarios are shown here and analysed in an exciting way. Rather theoretical, but very valuable.


ISBN 3962382925

Christian Felber "Economy of the common good"

In the context of our "journey" to the common good balance sheet and the further training "Living fit for grandchildren", a great basic work. But podcasts on the topic are also mega exciting.


ISBN 3492312365

Geshe Michael Roach "The diamond cutter"

Yes, we believe in karma. So why not look into it a little bit. Ancient scriptures. Good life tips. And: applied for years and found to be good.


ISBN 3981388828

Peter Wohlleben "The Secret Life of Trees

That was really interesting. Trees talking to each other? The "forest rascal" Peter Wohlleben really has it!


ISBN 3453280881

Gerald Hüter & André Stern "What do we give our children?"

For me, these two are the best when it comes to unschooling, homeschooling and raising children in a humane and loving way. The book is a great inspiration with lots of background information. Not only for Christmas. I wish I had read it 26 years earlier.

No link, as it is not available for purchase at Buch7.de. I listened to it as an audio book.

ISBN 3328601198

Still entertaining was then:

Vladimir Kaminer "How do I tell my mother?"

Yes, how does mum deal with the smartphone and what are the Fridays for Future Kids up to? And why does Mum think she lives much more ecologically than the kids? Very humorous.

ISBN 3442316790

Karin Kuschik "50 sentences that make life easier".

Here I recommend the audio book, the author reads it herself. Very entertaining! A bit of coaching, a lot of entertainment and even more: Ah, it works like that too?


ISBN 349900836X

Paul Archer, John Ellison "Three Friends, One Taxi, No Plan"

A crazy story, simply terrific. And again and again we think, oh, how nice that we have a functioning Felix.


ISBN 3770182820

Jenny Odell "Do Nothing

Tiresome to read, but nevertheless exciting. And not at all easy, this doing nothing.


ISBN 3406768318

Birgit Ankert "Astrid Lindgren: a biography".

The biography of Astrid Lindgren made me sad, thoughtful and grateful for the state of women in the 21st century.

No direct link, I had borrowed it from the library (OnLeihe).

ISBN 365025526X

Cal Newport "Digital Minimalism"

On the topic of saying goodbye to Instagram & Facebook, the book had a big impact on us.


ISBN 3868817255

PS.: Since we try to avoid the big A, we buy all books either from Book7.co.uk or borrow them from the library. We always look for audio books on Spotify first, they have a huge amount of choice now. We have extra here Book7.co.uk because we think it's a great concept and want to support it. No, we don't get any commission. That too does not correspond to our idea of the common good.

PPS: Then there were some novels, quite a few podcasts and a few funny audio books. But these have had a significant impact on our thoughts and actions. 

PPPS: We are happy to receive book, audio book and podcast tips! Feel free to post them here in the comments or just send us an email!

Merci for "travelling with us

These weeks we are travelling through Iran. It's possible that we won't be writing posts or that they will be delayed. We first have to see whether we have enough internet or reception and whether it is suitable for us to publish from the country. And whether we will even manage to write down all the fantastic impressions in time.

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1 year ago

Thank you for the reading list! I found what I was looking for right away.
And, btw, I love these desert landscapes!

1 year ago
Reply to  Jana

Dear Jana, now you've got me curious. Which one did you choose?
Kind regards - Heike

1 year ago
Reply to  Heike

Oh, there's more than one candidate: "The Book of Joy", Roger Willemsen, "The Salt Path" and "Digital Minimalism". I bought the Salt Path right away, the others are now on my reading list. I'm looking forward to browsing!

1 year ago
Reply to  Jana

Then I already know where the next long-distance hike will take you 😉 Enjoy reading!