topics: Salade méchouia (food), ribat, mosque, rules of the road, medina, catacombs, daily life; jump to dispatch

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At 6:00 PM
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Sunrise (local): 6:34 a.m.
Sunset (local): 5:25 p.m.
85°F partly cloudy
Traveled Since Yesterday
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766 mi / 1233 km
Lat: 35° 50' 28" N
Lon: 10° 37' 35" E
Elev: 0 ft / 0 m

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Sousse click to visit the World Heritage Site page click to visit the World Heritage City page click to view a map
Where We're Staying: Maison des Jeunes et Culture
Places We Visited: Central Mosque, Ksar er-Ribat, Medina, and . . . a disco
Featured Site: Ksar er-Ribat
Person of the Day: Mr. Rachid Bouwazra click to view a photograph
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: salade méchouia
Breakfast: pastries
Lunch: sandwiches
Dinner: more sandwiches
Olive Count: 697
Word of the Day: Fee-sehatek click to hear an audio clip means "cheers!" (like you would say when giving a toast) in Arabic.
Tech Fact of the Day: Throughout Tunisia, transportation is facilitated by large red- or blue-striped station wagon taxis that can cover long distances between cities for very little money. These taxis, which run in addition to buses and trains, are called louages, a word that probably comes from the French word louer, meaning "to hire," since you hire a seat in them. Louages sit around in "stations" and wait for people going to an appointed destination. But they aren't like the taxis we know. They won't leave with only one person. Sometimes they AND the people who are waiting must be patient, since the drivers won't leave until they have a car FULL of people. Ethan once waited 30 minutes just to go 60 km (37 mi) because he was the first one to a louage. At least four more people had to come along to fill the car up. However, once a louage is full, it is swift and cheap: three Tunisian dinars (roughly $3) for a 60 km ride!
Flat Count: 2
Broken Spoke Count: 9
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