Wednesday, June 3, 2009

In Tunisia

Hi everyone! We arrived in Tunis today around 1000. No one had missing luggage :-). We met the executive director and associate director of CEMAT and went to our hotel, Hotel Carlton. We'll be staying here for the rest of the week.

Our flight was relatively uneventful. We did have to sit on the tarmac for about an hour before take off, but we arrived in Paris on time. No vegetarian meals were reserved for us on the plane, so I ate the rice that came with a chicken dish. Airport security in Paris was pretty much like the US. The flight from Paris to Tunis was about 2 hours long.

We got checked into our hotel and then I went wandering down to the Medina with a group of student from the CLS program. We had a small lunch at a cafe nearby. Cafe's are lined all up and down the street. It's been a little frustrating for me because I don't know Arabic or French and I keep wanting to answer and ask questions in Spanish...but I'll be speaking Arabic soon, Insha'Allah. Because we ventured out into the city on our own, we thought of alot of questions to ask our instructors.

Tonight we're meeting all the program staff and then having a welcome dinner at Le Pacha with traditional Tunisian food!

I'm posting some pictures from our walk today.


  1. o well .... we tried to get you to learn a few French words. But ......

    Remember who you are and who's you are.

  2. Chet,

    I am so excited that you have created a blog to chronicle your experiences in Tunisia. I look forward to reading as you post! I must admit that I am a bit envious that you have the opportunity to stay with host families for the duration of eight weeks. Just remember, this opportunity evolved from the hard work and grueling experiences of those who walked before you!