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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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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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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11 Nov 2015
Making Brik

You may recall from my previous post about my “shared experience” where I went to the Djerba Traditional Heritage Museum and to the Souk (market) to learn about the Djerbian culture. This time, my shared experience is to learn how to make the famous Tunisian Brik. Brik (pronounced breek)…

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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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