Sunday, July 03, 2005

Falling into place

My plans for the next two months are finally starting to fall into place. Yesterday the group of us met up with our grad student friends, Nathanael, Nora and Adam, and registered at the Bourguiba Institute. Our classes start on Monday.

In the afternoon, the we all went apartment shopping. Although I was initially planning on living in the dorms, which are within walking distance of the school, I have since decided to take the grad students up on their offer to live in an apartment with them in Carthage, a suburb of Tunis, in a neighborhood called Salammbo. Although it is about 20 minutes from the city by train, it is a beautiful and quiet little place within sight of the Meditterenean and a beautiful beach. Our landlord is called "Nibbley." I feel very fortunate to have been invited to stay with them as Nora and Nathaneal have already been in Tunisia for a week and their French and Arabic are much better than mine. In addition, Nathaneal is a very good friend, and I know he will look out for me while I am here, which makes me infinitely more comfortable. At the moment, we are waiting for our fifth and final roommate, Lea (also a grad student), to register at the school before we set out for the Medina.

This month I will be studying Monday thru Friday from 8 to 12 in the morning. I will also be pariticipating in periodic workshops on Tunisian folk dance and Standard Arabic diction, while next semester I will be working on calligraphy instead. In a few weeks I hope to go on a weekend tour of the Tunisian coast, and in August I will be travelling to the south for several days to visit the Sahara and the areas around Tatouine (where parts of Star Wars were filmed). Nathaneal and Nora tell me it was absolutely breathtaking. I might even get to ride a camel! I hope to travel as much as possible on the weekends, although I may not want to leave my seaside paradise.

I suppose that's all for now. I'll only be able to write on weekdays from now on as I doubt Salambo has any public computers at all. I will post pictures as soon as I figure out how.

All my love!


Blogger Dumpling Demon said...

To post pictures, transfer the pictures to your computer as you normally do. Then, when you get to the screen where you type your blog entries, there should be a button on top that looks like a framed picture. If you click on that, you can upload pictures.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Heartsurgeon said...

grandpa says hi from minnesota...he is impressed that you have managed to find your way to tunisia!

12:25 AM  
Blogger Cari said...

the picture thing is a little more complicated in my case

12:46 PM  

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