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The Tunisian Washing Machine
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The Tunisian Washing Machine

The intuitiveness of washing machine models in foreign countries tends to reflect the extent to which women have been "liberated". In Tunisia, the washing machine was particularly silly. You had to put the clothes in one side where they were sloshed around in water and then they had to be moved to the other side for the spin cycle. The clothes dryer was the metal grid-like contraption sitting there in front ...
Tunisia Travel: Tunisian Police Encounter
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Tunisia Travel: Tunisian Police Encounter

We visited Tunisia for five weeks in the winter of 2014 during the country's presidential elections. Out of all the countries we've visited, we felt the most unsafe in Tunisia. In this video, a Tunisian policeman had just waved John over because he thought that we were taking pictures of him. Jennifer started recording because she wasn't sure what was going on, and thought that having documentation of the ...
Tunisia Travel: Tozeur Tunisia
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Tunisia Travel: Tozeur Tunisia

We felt the most unsafe as we've ever felt in our travels when we visited Tozeur, Tunisia in the winter of 2015. The day after we left, there were protests in the streets and tear gas was released on the crowds. Additionally, the day we were flying out of Tozeur, Tunisia's president was flying in. As we were leaving the city, we could see protestors setting up in the streets. Our trip to Tozeur took place ...
Tunis Tourism: Taxi Ride in Tunis
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Tunis Tourism: Taxi Ride in Tunis

The driving in Tunisia was relatively straightforward. Unlike in some places like Egypt and India, we didn't feel unnerved by the traffic situation in Tunis. This video shows a bit of a taxi ride through Tunis.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: Tunis Traffic (video)Tunisia Travel: Arabic Language in Tunis (video) ...
Tunisia Travel: Tunis Traffic
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Tunisia Travel: Tunis Traffic

This video documents a traffic jam in Tunis in 2015 when we visited Tunisia for five weeks. In comparison with places like Egypt and India, the traffic in Tunisia was reasonably organized and safe.Related Posts:Tunis Tourism: Taxi Ride in Tunis (video)Tunisia Travel: Arabic Language in Tunis (video) ...
Tunisia Travel: Outside the Medina in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Outside the Medina in Tunis

Outside the Medina of Tunis, the city is laid out with the familiar logic of the grid system. But the inside of the medina (and most medinas in the Arab world) is a mess of small corridors leading off to who knows where and narrow, crowded "main streets" lined with vendors selling everything from clothing and shoes to fresh vegetables and homemade food.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: Inside the Medina ...
Tunisia Travel: Inside the Medina in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Inside the Medina in Tunis

This video is a brief look into Tunis's bustling medina (the old city). It's an interesting destination to visit if you're in Tunis. Medinas are different everywhere in the Middle East; the medina in Fez, Morocco was especially notable. In the Medina of Tunis, Lydian bartered in Spanish with a shopkeeper who spoke five languages fluently.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: Outside the Medina in Tunis ...
Tunisia Travel: Call to Prayer from Carthage Overlooking Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Call to Prayer from Carthage Overlooking Tunis

The call to prayer in Tunisia was elusive. We hardly ever heard it from our vacation rental in Tunis. After visiting Turkey and Morocco where the calls to prayer were more dramatic, we were surprised. In this video, we finally capture a faint echo of Tunis's call to prayer as we stand overlooking the city from Carthage.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: At Carthage Overlooking Tunis (video)Tunisia ...
Tunisia Travel: Bocce Ball and an Attack Cat in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Bocce Ball and an Attack Cat in Tunis

Just outside the ruins of Carthage, we stopped to step inside an ornate mosque. In the area outside the mosque, there were some men playing bocce ball and an "attack cat" who wasn't too pleased with our presence.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: Call to Prayer from Carthage Overlooking Tunis (video)Tunisia Travel: At Carthage Overlooking Tunis (video) ...
Tunisia Travel: At Carthage Overlooking Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: At Carthage Overlooking Tunis

Ancient Carthage was once a major trade port in the Mediterranean, but today, the ruins of the city aren't much to behold. But, the view overlooking Tunis is oddly pretty. The modern city of Carthage (just outside of Tunis) has streets lined with trees that create a nice shady path. On our way back to our vacation rental in Tunis, we stopped at a grocery store in Carthage before continuing on.Related ...
Tunisia Travel: Arabic Language in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Arabic Language in Tunis

Arabic in Tunisia ("Tunisian Arabic") is different from Arabic in other Arab nations. In fact, different Arabic "dialects" often vary so much that they can sound like completely different languages (some linguists actually categorize certain dialects as languages in their own right). In this video, we use Modern Standard Arabic on the way back to our vacation rental to try and communicate with a taxi ...
Tunisia Travel: Lydi Practices Arabic Online in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Lydi Practices Arabic Online in Tunis

We started taking online Arabic lessons while in Tunisia. We'd tried using French to communicate (since both French and Tunisian Arabic are spoken in Tunisia), however they'd had somewhat unsatisfactory experiences. People expected us to speak French, and reacted negatively when we did. So, we started learning Arabic and made an effort to communicate with the locals in Arabic whenever possible. We tried to ...
Arab Culture: Pre flight Prayer – Tunis to Cairo
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Arab Culture: Pre flight Prayer – Tunis to Cairo

On our flight from Tunis to Cairo, there was a pre-flight prayer (something we've never seen).Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Muslim Worship Service on the Street (video) ...
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View from the Downward Spiral: Fighting Parasites and a Fear of Death — By Jennifer Shipp
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View from the Downward Spiral: Fighting Parasites and a Fear of Death — By Jennifer Shipp

A brush with death isn’t always quick. Sometimes death holds on like Velcro only loosening it’s grip when it’s finished with you. Occasionally death is like the comb you use every morning to fix your hair. It seems harmless, but it’s really killing you. A brush with death can be slow and tricky, like a light bulb that gets just a little dimmer every day so that you don’t really notice how hard it is to ...
Good Advice from the Inside: Douz, Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp
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Good Advice from the Inside: Douz, Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp

As we live out our final days here in Tunisia, I am researching Egypt for signs of safety problems. Analyzing the information is a complex process. One of our Arabic language instructors told me two weeks ago that “Cairo is safe, but just don’t go out on Fridays when the protests are happening.” John read that our vacation rental happens to be located near a popular protest spot in Giza so I'm not sure if ...
Who’s an Assal: How to Say a Boy Is Cute in Arabic — By Jennifer Shipp
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Who’s an Assal: How to Say a Boy Is Cute in Arabic — By Jennifer Shipp

I recently read a theory set forth in the 19th century by a Muslim man who married a French woman. In summary, it said that one of the reasons why the Arabic world lags so far behind the west in terms of economy and power is because it subjugates it’s women. Our Arabic language instructor, a woman named Mona, told Lydian recently that if she wanted to say that a boy was cute, she should say, "Hoowa Asaal." ...
Missing Information in Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp
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Missing Information in Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp

Today, the Internet is being heavily censored. More heavily censored than usual. The presidential elections are going on and web sites like Aljazeera, and Facebook are either not loading at all, loading only partially, or loading very slowly. Certain web sites appear to have disappeared altogether. Earlier this morning, John saw an article by the New York Times about Tunisia’s instability amidst the ...
Our Time in the Orange Zone in Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp
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Our Time in the Orange Zone in Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp

I’m having trouble writing about our trip to Tozeur and Douz in Tunisia because I know I can’t post what I write until we get out of the Middle East. Just thinking about the possibility of Internet censorship kind of kills my desire to share our experiences. I may be paranoid about the extent to which our internet accounts are being watched, but then again, I may not. The Internet in our apartment ...
Terrifying Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp
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Terrifying Tunisia — By Jennifer Shipp

I've had to wait to post all of our experiences about Tunisia until we left the country because I was afraid of being stopped, detained, and who-knows-what else at the airport. Only a few days ago, Al Jazeera in Egypt was shut down, and Charlie Hebdo in France bombed for saying the wrong things about the wrong people. Censorship is something we've experienced in China, but the political tenor was quite a ...
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