You've read it, you've heard it, and you may even have watched it time and time again on the television. Everybody says the same thing! Surely Mediterranean life can't be that good? But can all of these people be wrong?
Firstly, at the time of writing this, the date is 2nd October 2006. In England, the beautiful, golden leaves that once adorned the trees, may now have fallen off. The morning begins cold and crisp, maybe even a touch of ice to scrape off the car?
Here in Tunisia, only a little over 2 hours flying time from the UK, we are still waking up to warm, sunny mornings. Still able to sip freshly, squeezed orange juice on our terrace overlooking the sparkling sea, or smell the aroma of the newly baked bread from the local bakers. Life goes on, after the summer, due to Tunisia's short, mild winters.
The lifestyle is calm, peaceful and most importantly, affordable! The cost of living is low. Utility bills are low. The prices of food and petrol are low. All this means "more of your money" and "more for your money!" More money to spend on the pleasurable things in life, such as eating out under the starry skies or sipping a mint tea at a pavement cafe and watching the world go by.
Some typical examples of the price of food in Tunisia could include a cup of tea or coffee at a cafe ranging from 20p to 50p, a kilogram of tomatoes 30p, a kilogram of pears 50p, a French Stick 10p, a litre of milk 25p or a kilogram of beef or lamb £3-£4. Supermarkets are stocked with every day needs, but the local market is the place to be to pick up items of amazing value.
Living in Tunisia, will bring you that healthy lifestyle. Fresh, fruit and vegetables in abundance and fish straight from the sea and onto your plate in minutes! There are also more than enough hot, sunny days to fit in all of the outdoor sporting activities that you can muster!
As with most Mediterranean countries, the crime rate is low. You can enjoy your evenings out, bringing along the children as they are always welcome, without any rowdy behaviour to spoil your fun. Old fashioned values still reign supreme and parents, teachers and the elderly are treated with the utmost respect.
You will rarely find language difficulties. The main spoken languages are Tunisian Arabic and French, but since English was introduced to the National Curriculum for all school children aged 10 and upwards, it is fast gaining importance amongst the Tunisian nation.
If you are considering retiring in Tunisia, you could not have picked a better place. Your pension which can be paid straight into your bank account in England, can be transferred here. Arthritis and aches and pains in general are eased with Tunisia's warm climate and the Health Service is considered to be top notch, on a par with some of the best in Europe.
For more information on living in Tunisia, the following website describes a British expat family's life in the country.