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As a European living for nearly two years in Tunisia, I want o share my experiences in this country – giving the opportunity to non-Tunisians to get to know this country better (from a non-touristic point of view), on the other hand, to Tunisians to see their country through the eyes of a foreigner.

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Life in Tunisia

As a European living for nearly two years in Tunisia, I want o share my experiences in this country – giving the opportunity to non-Tunisians to get to know this country better (from a non-touristic point of view), on the other hand, to Tunisians to see their country through the eyes of a foreigner. Not everything which seems absolutely normal is by all means common for a non-Tunisian, may it be in a good or in a bad way….
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Since : 16/09/2014

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Transparency? No way!

Recently, I visited a Topnet agency (internet provider) to pay my bill. The room was fuller than normally. I waited – 2 min, 5 min, 10 min – and remarked that the number normally indicated on the screen for calling the next customer, was not displayed. So I asked the people next to me – nobody knew the reason if and what was the actual proble

Law of the jungle

The metro is always an interesting place in order to study people’s social behaviour. In the metro of Tunis, the passengers are very talkative and like discuss about any kind of topic, sometimes in quite a fierce way. But what happened today, was really too much. Like so many times, a beggar tried to get through the crowd of standing passengers w

True democracy in Tunisia!

As a member of the civil society (NGO), I had the chance to participate on a meeting organised by the current secretary of state for the environment, Mounir Majdoub. He has offered to different members of the population – NGOs, educational, public and private sector – in order to contribute with their own ideas to a new action plan for a more s

Alert in Djerba

It is nothing new to see waste in the streets of Tunisia – less in the touristic places, more in the popular quarters. But since this summer, Tunisian media are finally talking about that problem – in Djerba – maybe because it is a tourist place which could harm the tourist industry, maybe because it is just an absolutely catastrophic situati

Quo vadis, Tunisia?

It is true that Tunisia is currently struggling against all sorts of problems – from the social (unemployment!), economic, ecological, security, financial…. points of view. However, I was a little big shocked when even my metro ticket vendor – a guy around 40, married, thus stable in his life – was asking me what to do in order to move to G

Winter in Tunisia

On the one hand one, I really love Tunisian winter – if you can really call it a winter. As I am living near the coast, I don’t have to fear snow or temperatures below 5°C. And – most of the time it’s sunny. At most, there are three days in a row with rain and grey sky, but this will soon be replaced by a warm, energy-giving sunshine weath

Smelling Tunis

No, I am NOT going to talk about the elections. The media are full with them, I am just happy they are over – well, until the presidential ones in a few weeks …. No, I am going to talk about something else: Just having come back from a several weeks’ stay in the countryside, I cannot believe how I can breathe in Tunis – this city really sme

Standstill in Tunisia

I cannot wait that the parliamentary elections in exactly one month will be finally over – and that, as I hear quite often – important (and less important) decisions and actions are taken. Since the end of May, I am waiting for this as at this period, the whole country seems to be occupied with the school and university exams in June, July was

Traditional Tunisian food

What I really appreciate in Tunisia, is the possibility to get your food practically the whole year from all over the country, thanks to its very favourable climate and the different climate zones. And you are able to see which season bears which kind of fruit, vegetable or herb. Now in November, these are, amongst others, pomegranates, dates and p

Vive la Tunisie!

Yes, it is terrible what happened last Wednesday, 18 March. A terrorist attack on foreign tourists in the heart of Tunis. Yes, it is shocking – but it is also shocking for me to read immediate comments on European news websites stating that they would never visit such a country (again) which is “full of terrorists”. What an ignorance! People