Adventures in Tunisia!

In two weeks I will be embarking on a three month adventure in Tunisia! I am planning on documenting my trip on this blog and to get us ready, I thought it would be fun to post a few letters that I sent to family and
friends the last time I went.

I left the typing as is to show my confusion with the style of keyboard that I couldn’t figure out.

ūüôā

 

“Salam from Tunis!”
September 30, 2008

Salam alaikum
I just wanted everyone to know that we made it to Tunis
Everyone is happy and the girls love it here:
I will send a better letter later.
take care
Eid Mubarak
Ma salema

 

“First Impressions”

October 2, 2008

Salam alaikum!

The first impressions of Tunis have been quite cute….. Huda really likes¬†it here but is still getting used to no toilet paper…. When asked if she thinks Tunis is neat the reply was ” I don’ think it’s neat that there is no toilet paper” ¬†She is happy that YES there are cars here and there are¬†ample goodies to ¬†eat… We are working on the spicy foods… She is trying.

I have finally gotten a chance to relax… I am so happy, Maher and I have been able to go and hang out and not worry and Huda has so ,uch ,ore freedom here.

The most shocking things I have seen so far are:

  • ¬†a 2yr old child standing in the back seat of the car while the mom was driving…..
  • The funniest thing I have seen was when I was looking out on the balcony a ¬†man was coming down our street and someone threw their garbage bag from the balcony above….The man was so confused….
  • The funniest thing that happened this week is that apparently a woman fell into a manhole (ie raw sewage) and the police and ambulance and fire came to get her out….. I love this crazy place….

We spent Eid with family and we are having a fun time. Huda got money as per the tradition…. ¬†and many people came to visit;

So far I think Maher’s family is learning more English than Huda has learnt Arabic…. She will be going to preschool and I think ¬†that will help a lot.

We have mostly stayed downtown, however, today I got to go to Carthage and another beautiful area (not sure the name)

I haven√Ļt really taken pictures yet cause I keep forgetting….Incha Allah soon

Take care
hugs and kisses
Tunsi halua barcha
salam alaikum

Derba

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Ruins in Carthage Photo taken from http://www.historvius.com/carthage-32/

 

“Tim Horton’s”

October 20, 2008

Salam alaikum,
sorry to everyone, it’s super hard for me to get downstairs and check my email…..dont worry we are safe and alive.¬†Huda is going to school everyday¬†her Arabic is coming along, the babie’s totally understand and are having a great time.¬†I have realised that I actually have a pretty good vocab in¬†Arabic….my problem is sentence structure. I am hoping to start school soon, I¬†am thinking about going for ‘4 hours a week this should push me to where I¬†want to go.
Huda has finally stopped asking for Tim bits…LOL
Friday all the girls got their ears pierced. Acia went with my sister-in-law. Then I took¬†Rayan, she only cried for¬†a few seconds. After I picked up Huda from school I¬†took her shopping, we decided to get hers done as well. I have never heard¬†someone scream like that in my life. You would think we were torturing her.¬†After the first ear she ran out into the street screaming…..I couldn’t help¬†but laugh… It took me five minutes to get her back into the room. I tried to¬†send her in with my sister-in-law, but to no avail. Before he could do the other¬†ear she came running out again… So I calmed her down and bribbed her with¬†pizza and she went in reluctantly. I told her she could scream, trust me….she¬†did! I have never laughed that hard….OK, not in a long time anyways.
Saturday night we took Huda and the babies to Dah Dah (a year round carnival). Huda had a great time on all of the rides, the babies were running around having a great time.
Sunday we went to a place called Korbus….. It is so beautiful there. It is a very scenic¬†route; very picturesque. To the right is the ocean and to the left is a¬†beautiful mountain… We went there to go to a Hammam that gets its water from a¬†Hot spring. It felt so nice. Afterwards we had a picnic at the base of the¬†mountain, watched some crazies try and drive over a boulevard to a lookout that¬†is closed off to cars. Then this women tried to trade one of her sons for¬†Rayan LOL… After my mother-in-law let her down she gave us some nice homemade bread.
I am basically spending my days with the babies and helping my mother-in-law as
much as I can.
Write to me soon I miss you all….**

Love Debra

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This picture is from a  trip I took through the Atlas Mountains on the way to the Sahara Dessert in 2008. It is a mountain range that spans from Tunisia to Algeria and I believe also Morocco.

 

“Scorpions in my Bed”

November 21, 2008

Salam alaikum,
sorry I haven’t written in so long. A month ago I got pretty sick, and then the ¬†same week we went to a small town before I could get back online.
We went to a place called Methouia, it’s a small city of 10 000 people. I had a ¬†really nice time, it was super relaxing. I was really happy that I got to spend a good amount of time with more of the family.
We got to do a bit of touring around, we went to a place called Matmatta? its a neat place where the locals live in houses carved into rock. We checked out a hotel that is built the same way. We did some off roading and I kept smacking my head on the window, luckily I found a hard hat and mad much use of it.
The following weekend Maher,s cousins had a big party because someone was sick and then got better. so they slaughtered a lamb and had lot’s of family over.
We did a lot of hanging out and daily stuff. We went to a place called Gabes, it is a bigger city with really good shopping. Maher’s mom showed me their apartment building there; It is now abandoned because it was hit by a plane during the second world war. The damage was too expensive to fix and not worth it as the apartment would be rented out for 50 bucks a month: It was really cool though. there were 2 one bedroom apartments with a huge skylight in the middle/ again, I didn’t have my camera.

Sorry the email is not written very well but I don’t have much time. I will write again soon. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† We have now moved to another house and I don’t have the internet there….. We really ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† miss everyone and we are now home sick OFFICIALLY.

PS There weren’t scorpions in my bed but there was one hiding under a rug, al humdulileh¬†we found it.

Please write to me because I miss everyone so much.
Love Derba

 

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Camel Trekking in Douz. That is my Camel

 

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Oasis in the centre square in Tozeur. Local showing how he climbs the date palms.  It was really cool!

 

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Olives in the oasis.

 

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My daughter at the ruins in Sbeitla.

 

 

Looking forward to sharing the upcoming adventures with you ūüôā

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