My Tunisian Experience...
Highs: Camels on beaches; being pleasantly surprised by Carthage; my nice dinner in Tunis; the
beautiful white-washed buildings; Hammamet; Sidi Bou Said (especially the sunset).
Lows: Definitely a challenge to figure things out with the language barrier in addition to this being
more of a 'package holiday' country vs. 'traveler' country; having some guy snag 20 Tunisian dinars
from me; the Synagogue on Djerba being closed both times I tried to see it.
Best Moment: Riding a camel on the beach (duh!!!); finding a place all to myself to watch the
sunset in Sidi Bou Said.
Craziest Moment: Watching the men all light up a cigarette when the cannon goes off for the end
of the fast each night during Ramadan.
Smells: Sheesha; the sea; little flowers of jasmine being sold by men on the street.
Sounds: The prayer call and big boom to break the Ramadan fast; thunderstorm while in
Sights: Women dressed non-conservatively; The Bardo Museum in Tunis (8 dinars); ruins at
Carthage (8 dinars for a full day); Tunis medina; Mediterranean coastline; people hanging out into the
wee hours of the night while breaking the Ramadan fast; a deserted medina in Djerba on the Friday of
Ramadan; guys smoking sheesha and playing cards at night; whitewashed buildings with blue accents
nearly everywhere; Hammamet medina which was so picturesque, it almost felt unreal; cats.
Tastes: Tea with pine nuts; briq; tajine (different from the ones in Morocco - this was more like an
eggy quiche); harissa; small bites given as we sat down to dinner to break the Ramadan fast; Arabic
sweets; tons of seafood; couscous; baguettes baked with aniseed; salade mechouia (one of my new
faves); stuff squid (and it was one massive squid!); Tunisian specialty sweets.
Purchases: Silver necklace (8 dinars - what a bargain!).
Street Food: Arabic sweets; baguettes; donuts.
Things to Buy Here: Traditional caps for men; pottery; hookahs; pointy shoes; perfume oils.
Western Companies Out Here: Benetton; there is a MAC store coming soon in Tunis.
Other General Info...
Visa needed? No.
Type of currency? The Tunisian dinar. One dinar is equal to about $1.30 US.
Things Tunisia Is Known For: Some of the desert scenery being the backdrop for Star Wars
Religion: Muslim (although there is also Christianity and a small Jewish community).
Costs: 760 Tunisian dinars.