Welcome to Tozeur, Tunisia! This city was made famous in iconic films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the English Patient. In this vlog, we explore the desert regions featured in these films: Sidi Bouhlel Canyon, Oasis Chebika, and Tamaghza.
Tozeur Travel Vlog:
0:25 - 4:00 Chebika
We travel from Tozeur to Chebika, a mountain oasis in western Tunisia, where we hike through a desolate canyon reminiscent of Arizona. Atop the canyon is a village that was abandoned after a catastrophic flood. As we trek the canyon, the valley becomes more lush and we were surprised to find a hot spring with crystal clear water. Along the way, we discovered a waterfall flowing in the middle of the desert like a mirage.
4:04 - 5:08 Sidi Bouhlel (aka Star Wars Canyon)
Sidi Bouhlel is a canyon located near the oasis city of Tozeur in Southern Tunisia. It is also commonly known as the Star Wars Canyon since it was the film location of the desert planet of Tatooine in Star Wars: A New Hope. Star Wars fans may recognize it from the famous pod racing scene as well as the scene where R2D2 gets kidnapped by the Jawas. Other popular films such as Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark and The English Patient were also shot in Sidi Bouhlel.
5:00 Off Roading Adventure and Waterfall!
We gear up for an off roading adventure with our tour Off Season Adventures, where we cross the rocky terrain in a 4x4 jeep. As we drive through the canyon, we cross rivers and valleys until we reach a mountain oasis. Above the canyon, we see a lush palm grove and a waterfall streaming in full force.
8:25 - 9:55 Tunisian feast in the oasis
After the off roading adventure, it is time to eat. One of the best parts about Tunisia is the hospitality and the cuisine. In the middle of Tamaghza, we stop to enjoy the Tunisian food grown and made here in the oasis, including Sharba Frik soup, Mechouia salad, brik which is a savory pastry filled with egg.
This Tunisia Tour is offered with Off Season Adventures:
Custom group tours available with Fresh Traveler
After many years of traveling through the Frankfurt airport, I finally was able get out of the airport and see the city. From the airplane, I caught my first glimpse of Frankfurt. The countryside is green, dotted with villages, and I could spot the Main river. All of this whet my appetite to explore the city.
Finally, the travel gods smiled on me. I booked a trip to Tunisia with a full 24 hour layover in Frankfurt! It turns out that Frankfurt is the perfect city for a layover and I was surprised at the amount of ground I was able to cover in a short time.
Here's what we were able to cover in a day:
Accommodations: Five Elements Hostel
First, we needed a centrally located comfortable place to stay and rest during our layover. We checked into the Five Elements Hostel which is conveniently situated near the Hauptbahnhof. Everything we saw in the city was walkable from this hostel.
Located only 3 train station stops and 15 minutes from the airport is the stylish and cozy 5 Elements Hostel. We booked a private room which came with a stunning top floor view of the city center:
Frankfurt is a modern city. It is nicknamed Mainhattan for its tall buildings and "Bankfurt" because of its banking industry. In fact, the European Central Bank is headquartered here. But don't let the buildings fool you - Frankfurt has plenty of historic and cultural sights.
We crossed the footbridge to the "new" old town, the recently renovated Altstadt.
House of the Golden Scales
While Frankfurt's skyline looks as cosmopolitan as Hong Kong or Manhattan, the city historically was known as having one of the most beautiful and largest Medieval old towns in Germany. In 1944, Frankfurt was bombed in a WW2 air raid, destroying 2,000 of the city's historic half timbered buildings. The DomRÃ¶mer Project is a building project that worked to restore and rebuild much of the city center to its historic Medieval design. Many of the buildings were recently unveiled in 2018.
Below is one of the most famous buildings, called the Goldene Waage, which was meticulously restored to its Medieval architecture using old photographs, blueprints, and expert craftsmanship.
âA few of the historic buildings in the old town survived the war relatively intact, including the medieval church, Old St. Nicholas, which is famous for its 47 bells.
To add a bit of culture to your layover trip, check out the StÃ¤del Museum, which has an impressive gallery of European art as well as a Picasso print exhibit on display through June. The museum also has a restaurant and free WiFi.
One of the best parts about visiting Germany is the food! Be sure to order the Frankfurters (of course!) and Apfelwein, which is a apple cider typical of the region. Another unique dish to the region is the Frankfurt Green Sauce, which is potatoes and eggs in an herb sauce that reminded me a blend of Peruvian Papa a la Huancaina in pesto sauce (aka. delicious).
Wondering what it's like to be a digital nomad? On this trip I take my work on the road with me for a "workcation" to the Outsite coliving space in the creative capitol of Austin. Outsite is a coliving and coworking space all in one, allowing you to work during your stay and meet a community of other freelancers, remote workers, and creatives who love to travel.
Watch my week in the Austin Outsite Coliving Space:
9:00AM - Waking up at Outsite
First, it's time to grab a cup of tea and prepare a quick breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen. Of course, the kitchen is fully stocked with coffee makers, assorted teas, and arabica coffee.
The coliving house has spacious work areas, six private bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen for cooking, and a laundry room. It's the perfect place to stay if you are looking to move to a new city, meet new people, or if you want to have a more authentic experience while traveling. The idea is that you can share the community spaces and save money.
10:00 AM - Time to Grind
In the morning, it's time to get work done from the Outsite coliving space. The work space is quiet with plenty of natural light, making it a productive space. The house comes equipped with a conference room, printer, and high speed internet.
âI catch up on email, join my morning conference calls, plan out my day, and follow up with the folks at Hopscotch to organize a visit to their interactive art show.
2PM - Head to the city with new friends from Outsite
In the late afternoon, I hit up a few of my coliving housemates to organize a group outing in the city. Outsite makes it easy to connect with the other people in the house using the group chat in Whatsapp.
âMany of my other housemates are photographers, so we instantly connected over our love for finding photo shoot spots. We check out Austin's tallest mural by Josef Kristofoletti, located in the downtown.
3PM Street Art Tour
âAustin is famous for its eclectic neighborhoods, street art, and delicious food trucks. Many of the most famous murals and foodie spots are less than a half mile walk from the colving space. I snapped a few photos before heading to a nearby cafe to finish up work for the day.
5PM - Dinner time
âFor dinner, I check out the Elizabeth Street Cafe located right near the coliving space. I grab a seat on the cozy patio with a fellow Outsite member and enjoy the delicious pho and banh mi.
6PM - Barton Springs Trail Group Outing
âIt's time to unwind and check out Austin's natural scenery. My coliving housemates and I have finished work for the day and decide to organize a group outing. We Uber over to the Barton Springs Trail to capture the night views of the city.
9PM - Late Night Eats
Last by not least, it's not a trip to Austin without tacos and margaritas. We walk over to nearby Fresa's for some late night grub before heading back to the Outsite space. to catch some sleep.
My trip to Austin felt like a vacation, but it was one of the most productive trips I have taken. I was able to get work done in an inspiring environment while meeting likeminded creatives, technologists, and entrepreneurs. Also, I was able to stay longer than usual since I had all the necessities of home, allowing me get beyond surface level travel and truly experience the city from a local point of view.
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