15 Jan 2016

I’d never ridden a camel before. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against them. They’ve got the hump and the knobby knees. The long eyelashes and the buck teeth. They are so goofy they become endearing. My traveling companions on my tour through Southern Tunisia were a…

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11 Jan 2016

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “Sahara” it conjures up certain images. Sand dunes. Camels. Turbans. Mirages. Thirst. Heat. It turns out all of these things are true. The Sahara was both exactly what I expected and nothing like I expected. The second I…

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08 Jan 2016

Calypso. She was a nymph who just wanted some companionship. Is that too much to ask? Sure, she kept Odysseus prisoner for years, and, from what I can tell was pretty surly about letting him go upon Zeus’s orders, but she was lonely. She didn’t even get to live…

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18 Nov 2015

I have been studying the Tunisian Arabic language for 3 weeks now and it has been a fun but challenging experience so far. The Tunisian Door currently offers four phases of their Tunisian Arabic classes which range from beginners to advanced proficiency level. My commitment is to finish the…

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11 Nov 2015
Making Brik

You may recall from my previous post about my “shared experience” where I went to the Djerba Traditional Heritage Museum and to the Souk (market) to learn about the Djerbian culture. This time, my shared experience is to learn how to make the famous Tunisian Brik. Brik (pronounced breek)…

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08 Nov 2015
Camel Trek in the Sahara Desert

I had gone outdoor camping dozens of times in Northern Ontario, but camping out in the desert is a first-time experience for me. Imagine yourself waking up in the middle of a desert and smelling the fresh morning air while marveling at the sand dunes landscape that seem to…

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07 Nov 2015
Camping in the Sahara Desert Dunes

Just several minutes’ walk from the cave hotel is Hotel Sidi Driss, or better known as Luke Skywalker’s home in the movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It was really cool to check out the film location and see some of the props used back in 1976…

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06 Nov 2015
Matmata Cave Hotel

There are so many places to explore throughout Tunisia. If you’re in Tunisia, I would suggest spending at least several days exploring Southern Tunisia. I organized a 3 days tour with a company called Mosaic North Africa to explore Southern Tunisia. The pricing was very reasonable and the adventures…

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05 Nov 2015
Djerba Traditional Heritage Museum

Today I will be having my first “shared experience” with The Tunisian Door. This is where my language helper will guide me through a planned activity that will give me insight into the Tunisian culture. Today, we will visit the Djerba Traditional Heritage Museum and Souk Libya. The Djerba…

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31 Oct 2015
Djerba Pirate Ship at the Marina

It’s a beautiful sunny Saturday morning with the perfect weather for some adventures with pirates. That’s right…there are pirates on the island of Djerba! If you’re in for an adventure, then you’ll need to head over to Marina Djerba. Upon entering the Marina, you will notice right away that…

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