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Bir Amir

Bir Amir

1. Three men and a car

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So far away
It was when driving along the new and fabulous road from Tataouine to Remada that I spotted the road sign for Bir Amir, as well as apparently fresh gardens along the southern side of the road. At the time when you get this far from Tataouine, Sahara is beginning. At several points, sand is trying to make large dunes, only to be stopped by persistent vegetation. And then there you see a paved (and non-curved for as long as the eyes can see) road going 13 kilometers to a place Bir Amir. Of course you have to check it out.

Bir Amir, Tunisia

Bedouin women rushing home in the evening.

But it was quite a bit of a disappointment. It is a tiny, tiny village, with friendly but perplexed inhabitants in town centre near the only public places — the Cafe Sahara and the mosque. But there are no fruitful gardens here, only a track that leads to Ksar Ghilane (but that one is not paved).

Bir Amir, Tunisia

The minaret is quite typical Tunisian — high and decorative (not on this photo). But the mosque itself is very small and modest. The three men praying at the moment when I made these photos, performed it outdoors.

Bir Amir is not a tourist destination, and there are no hotels, restaurants nor banks. For any such thing, Tataouine (50 km) is the nearest option.
Getting out here is hard, getting away even harder. I came by with a rented car. Otherwise, you will have to arrange for your own transportation, as there is very little traffic on the Tataouine-Remada road.

By Tore Kjeilen