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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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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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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