18 Feb 2016
travel tunisia

Grab a bag, a phone, a camera, and some water– we’re going on an adventure to Gabes and Matmata! This last weekend I visited the mainland in Southern Tunisia. The day started early (ha) at 8:30 AM when we met at the bus station to find a bus from…

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15 Feb 2016
henna market gabes tunisia

Remember in my previous post, how every day more henna is applied for a wedding? Well, it turns out that henna is actually an industry here in Tunisia. I discovered this on a recent trip to the city of Gabes, where there is a whole market devoted to selling…

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08 Feb 2016
mtabka

Yesterday I went on another cultural outing. This time it was to try my hand at local cooking! Mtabga is a local favorite. The best American equivalent I can think of is a pizza pocket. You take some bread dough, roll it out, spread harissa (the pepper paste) on…

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04 Feb 2016
making tunisian tea

Tunisians love their tea. No visit to a Tunisian’s home is complete without drinking Tunisian tea. Even the process is detailed, like a small ceremony. Today I’m interviewing a couple of our language nurturers (S & B) at The Tunisian Door to find out how to make “Thé Tounsi.”…

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28 Jan 2016

A drum is pretty simple, right? It has no strings, no chords to remember; there’s nothing complicated about a drum– you just hit it and you’re good, right? Wrong. As I found out in this shared experience, there’s nothing simple about Djerbian drumming. First, let’s look at the drum:…

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25 Jan 2016
Tounsi in Djerba

Hi, it’s me, the new intern! I’m here for a month, doing 40 hours of Tounsi, visiting cultural sites, and learning about the amazing culture and history of Tunisia. Over the next few weeks you’ll get several posts from me, telling of life in Djerba from my perspective. On…

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21 Jan 2016

The drive across Southern Tunisia is incredible. At times, you are driving through the perfectly flat, aptly named salt flats, and other times the mountains rise from the sand and rock, holding small villages in their clefts. Chenini is one of those villages. It is a Berber village carved…

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18 Jan 2016

I am amazed at the number of cultural experiences you can have on the little island of Djerba. Just when I thought I had exhausted them all, I got to enjoy another one. A short drive from Houmt Souk is a town called Guellela. This town is known for…

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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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