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…

Read More

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…

Read More

11 Feb 2016

Every lesson in my 40 hours of learning Tunisian Arabic includes a bit of cultural information. In today’s lesson I learned about weddings. Can you believe it, weddings here are a four-day event! Day one starts with preparation. The bride will put on henna, do other beauty treatments, and…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More