Our anniversary week away

Trip Start Oct 23, 2010
Trip End Oct 30, 2010

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

We decided to book a last minute week away to celebrate our wedding anniversary without our 2 daughters.

We arrived in Sousse in the evening and our transfer from the airport to the hotel was quite straightforward. On arrival we checked in mentioned that we were here to celebrate our wedding anniversary and asked if there was anything they could do for us eg. room upgrade or something, we were promptly told 'no' by the front desk staff and were allocated a room on the 4th floor next to one of the lifts.

The room was ok at first, with a partial view of the sea, however, we soon learnt that the lifts tend to beep all night which wasn't good when all you wanted to do was sleep. The next morning we decided to to ask if we could change rooms due to the lift noise. We were put on some kind of list to change rooms.

The buffet was ok but was more geared towards the German guests but I am open to anything, the food was also kind of samey every day but the staff in the buffet were lovely and sometimes funny.

On our second night we decided to have a look at the entertainment and as it was raining outside they held the entertainment in the hotels disco.
If you like silly games of girls running around a room kissing men and doing sexy poses then you will be ok, considering there were children in there and some muslim families watching (and its a Muslim country) I was surprised to see this.
The entertainment manager thought it was then funny to say and I quote "If you kiss the black one then you will get 3 points" considering my husband was the only 'black one' in there I think it was quite obvious that he was talking about him.

Needless to say I wasn't amused and promptly left the area and complained to the front desk staff who said I would need to speak to the manager the next day as he had gone home. We then found out other people had also made complaints regarding this incident and the fact that the entertainment was not suitable for children.

Whilst in Sousse we went to the medina (market) to have a look around, it was quite intimidating and by the end of our visit to the medina we couoldn't wait to get back to the hotel, the stallholders were constantly calling hubby Bob Marley ( he has dreadlocks) or Jamayyycan (thats the way they said it) he eventually got fed up of this and at one point a stall holder told him to go to the back of his shop, he wanted to fight my hubby!!! Obviously hubby said no. This place really needs to take a look at itself and the way it treats people of colour.

I had seen on another website before going to Tunisia that a chinese lady had previously visited Tunisia and also felt that the people were being racist towards her but I stupidly thought it wouldn't happen to us.

You are advised when you leave the hotel that women should cover their arms and legs so you should not go out in shorts and vest top for example, whenever we went outside the hotel I always wore a maxi dress and cardigan over the top but we were still beeing stared at, at first it was a bit "why do they keep staring at us" but by the end of the week it was more like "what are you staring at???" I felt this place was very hypocritical, at prayer times the men were not going to the mosque but instead walking around with their tourist girlfriends dressed in vest tops and shorts etc And they weren't getting stared at! lol

After complaining about the comment that the entertainment manager made we had a meeting with the hotel manager the next day, who apologised to us and also upgraded us to a suite on the 6th floor, gave us an extra 3 days in the spa and an extra night at the a la carte (I called the a la carte chips with everything, not very nice). This was good of him but we shouldn't have experienced that in the first place.

On the day of our anniversary we did quadbiking which was mucho fun! hubby thought he was in wacky races! It was 2 hours biking through small towns and through olive groves and wasteland, in between we stopped at an Ostrich farm where there were also camels, horses an budgies I would do this again.

We also went on a carriage ride, our driver was lovely although I did feel that he tried to rip us off over the price, one think I was surprised about was that he offered us a cigarette!!!! Since we had been there I had people asking us for cigarettes so this was unusual to us.

Anyway I dont believe I would waste my money coming back here again, it was an experience and that was it for me.

We tried not to let it spoil our anniversary and were glad to be back home.
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