Thursday, July 5, 2007

welcome to tunisia

it was so hard to leave paris, but tunis called!!
we tore ourselves away one morning and suffered our wait in the new air france lounge

once in tunis, we had no idea what to do
we hadn't really planned very well
we thought we would just go buy tickets to djerba, but turns out they were super oversold
and had to charter a plane for a flight 6 hours hence
we figured we could drive in that amount of time
so we rented a car and set out
this is us renting a car
we got a tiny little citroën with NO guts

we somehow got bamboozled into taking this guy to hammamet

this is d on the beach in hammamet
we needed food, but this place was WAY too miami beach for our tastes

so we looked and looked for food and all we could find were these roadside stalls
each had a couple of sheep in the front making lots of noise
then at least one sheep skin and a sheep carcass
so i guess...when in rome...
here is our meat being prepared

this is where it was cooked
and that is our Citroën with no guts

for some reason dianna gave this guy our cell number
he called for days begging us to go to a disco
we never went

this is where we had our first tunisian breakfast
it is white bread
tea or coffee
expired jam
and margerine
sometimes you can get juice and a boiled egg

the jewels of mahdia and fatima

our tour guide taking us to the top of the skifa el-kahla
a massive fortified gate

the view from the top

and old spanish cannon

the spanish armada

the other view ;)

more nerds
more favorite dress

downtown mahdia

grandmother picture

what the wall is made of

these are the same kind of oil lamps the 10 virgins would have used

random roman relics

shopping for poofs

the man we bought more than poofs from

the celing of the place where we had our first tunisian salad
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 large fresh tomato
  • 1 green and one red (or two red) bell peppers chopped small
  • 1 can of tuna
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5-10 olives (pitted)
  • 2 boiled eggs
Mix chopped onion, peppers and tomatoes and put them in a bowl. Season the tuna with salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix all ingredients and garnish with the olives and rounded pieces of the boiled egg.

dude at lunch
it is weird because there are no women in tunisian public life
it is only men at resturants, cafes, etc.

just your average tunisian wall
with a gorgeous mosaic
you see stuff like this all over
it is crazy

at the beach in mahdia

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