Monday, August 01, 2005

Summer Phase 3, Day 1

Today marked the effective halfway point in my journey. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I have been in Tunisia for one month. We started the August session of school today, and I am pleased to say that I have moved down a level from 2N to HA. Lea and I tried to moved to DAL, but after some tough bargaining with Zahia Gafsi, we settled in the middle. I am now in a class where I can understand over half of what is going on. That's big.

I also moved in to my new apartment today. For those in the know, the place is one block south of Avenue Habib Bourguiba (which means petit dejeuner on Habib every day before class! yum!) For the rest of my time in Tunis I will be living with Katie, Ann, Lorraine, Eric and Telmo from Portugal. The apartment has two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom with long corridors and two rather weak air-conditioning units. The hot water seems fickle. As far as actual living conditions go, I'm not sure it's any better than the place in Carthage. In fact, it may be worse because we can't have all the windows open all the time. But, I want to be here in the city with my undergrads, so I am confident that I made the right move. Besides, I can still go back to Carthage any time I want until my place there gets filled, but I also know that I can make this work. I think.

Our new landlord has the craziest, highest-pitched voice that I have ever heard in my life. He seriously sounds like Minnie Mouse. If you think I am kidding or exaggerating, think again. It's completely bizarre. I miss Nibbley already.

I kind of wish I were home right now. However, I can justify this month with the fact that my Arabic will be pretty damn good when I get out of here.

Today at dinner Eric asked me: "So, are you happy that you are living with us." I said, "yes." He said, "You'll only get happier." I hope he wasn't being sarcastic as usual...


Blogger Heartsurgeon said...

we wish you were home as well sweetie.

1:46 AM  
Blogger hannibal said...

nice blog.
really interesting to follow tribulations of an US girl in tunisia especially when reported which such an amusing tone ;).
Unfortunately for your arabic, tunisian dialect is pretty far from original arabic as spoken in middleeast countries, but don't despair, next time u can try Irak (euh... just a joke wait a little before going there).
here are some bizar words we use in Tunisia.

10:44 AM  

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