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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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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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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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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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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