May 12, 2007

Tunisia: Sousse

The Medina

Although I had heard about this term before, visiting these medina's offered a real experience . A Mednia, essentially a small city, with narrow lanes, densely populated and protected by fort like walls, offer a rustic experience. The small walled cities were designed to protect the residents against attacks and pirates.

The medina in Tunis is full of small time shop keepers, and medina of Hammamet is specially made for 'Tourists', it doesn't have 'authenticity'. Nonetheless, you have to be in Soussse's Medina to have a close look in to the life in Medinas. The Medina in sousse is one of the most authentic medina I saw in Tunisia.

The medina of Sousse is a fomouse one and the visit is not complete without the medina.

Find out more about Medinas on Wikipedia

Check the links for places with in Sousse
A view of horizon from Port El Kantaoui

May 11, 2007

Vegetarian food: A challenge

An Asian, having worked in an American predominant industry, goes in a beautiful North African country, stays amongst Arabs, who are conversant with Arabic and French languages and do not understand English.

Tries to find vegetarian food.

Then finds that its available but can't eat!!!

Because can't communicate and order...

The Food. A toughest and most difficult part of my stay.

Once I ordered Vegetarian Pizza and got Mediterranean Pizza!!! The shop owner could not understand my accent.

Luckily for me, I came across a pizza shop whose owner could converse in English. And he made Delicious Pizzas. Slowly, we became friends and on my last day in Tunisia, I went to his shop for the last bite.

He asked all his assistants not to work on my order. He made that pizza himself.

Such warmth I have come across only in India so far.

This place is situated near Champion super market(Lafayette), opposite INSTITUT BOURGUIBA DES LANGUES VIVANTES

I am happy to recommend this place.