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…

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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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01 Feb 2016

No, it’s not in Libya. And I didn’t misspell “sock.” In fact, many of the items don’t even come from Libya. So what is Souk Libya? It’s a market! As I’ve learned in my 40 hours of Tunisian Arabic, “Souk” or Soog as they pronounce it in Tounsi, is…

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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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28 Oct 2015
Welcome to Djerba

Woohoo! I finally arrived to Djerba, Tunisia – my home for the next month! My name is Josh and I come from the most multicultural city in the world which is Toronto in Canada. My obsessions in life are coffee, ice cream, and traveling. This often means I can’t…

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05 Oct 2015
Mary Poppins Purse

I wish I had one of those Mary Poppins purses. You know what I’m talking about. The one that seems to hold anything and everything and still can be easily swung over your shoulder. I could put so many things in there, like a rug, a mosaic, and some…

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29 May 2015
Tunisian Hammam

If you have never been to a Hammam (حمام) or public bath before then it is definitely worth experiencing. For a few dinars you can take your time allowing your body to heat up as you move between the various hot rooms. In the hottest room of them all…

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02 Dec 2014
Djerba Welcome

I had no idea when I moved to Djerba that I would experience such warm hospitality and graciousness.  The Djerbian people are enjoyable to get to know and it’s wonderful to live here. With the swaying palm branches and sandy lands filled with olive trees, one enjoys the serenity and…

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06 Aug 2014
Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves

In October, Marlene and I took a break from our business startup and went to Guellala, a town close to where we live and that specializes in pottery. We stopped at a well-known “historical” spot that we read about in our Tunisia tour book.

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