Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The City of Blue

Greetings from the world's most comfortable bed in the heart of Tunis!

It's amazing what a plate a food and a hot shower can do to you when you haven't slept in a few days. To say that my friends/colleagues/tour guides have the gift of hospitality is an understatement. I think it should be an international law to serve homemade lasagna to people with jet lag. It just makes sense, doesn't it?

My colleague Vicki and I are traveling this trip together. She is originally from Nebraska but I try not to hold that against her. We had smooth flights from Denver to Minneapolis to Paris to Tunis and we even managed to squeeze in a chocolate croissant (or two) during our Parisian layover. Those and a Dixie cup of coffee only cost us $35.

On the flight over the pond, I sat next to a nice man name Ahmed, who has five kids and is originally from Syria but owns two Greek restaurants in Minneapolis, and was on his way to start a new franchise in Saudi Arabia. He invited me to come to his restaurant if I am ever in Minneapolis. You should too if you re ever out that way. I bet he makes a wicked tasty baklava.

Once we landed in Tunis, we unloaded our bags and hit the ground running, visiting the old part of the city. It is absolutely breathtaking. And they make a mean donut that may make you want to move here altogether. Here are few straight-out-of-the-camerashots of this beautiful city:

We enjoyed a cup of hot green mint tea with pine nuts. I know it sounds funky, but it is delicious!

Here is Vicki, me and Laina, our hostess and all-around fabulous new friend And here she is with her dad, our Regional Director for North Africa:

Gorgeous plates and mosaics...

A few shiny bangles...

And yet another mysterious blue door. Wouldn't you love to have one for yourself? The world needs more blue doors. They just make you happy.

Okay, the Ambien has hit and I must bid you good night. But I will be back tomorrow as we explore Carthage and head down the coast for our conference in Sousse. Thanks for being such great cheerleaders!

Enjoy your day...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...


  1. I think we've been on that same terrace and had the tea with pine nuts. Beautiful! And great pics. Have fun, tell Vicki I said hi, and enjoy a shawarma for me!

  2. Wow! How beautiful! Have an amazing time enjoying a new country!

  3. The blue is pale compared to your eyes. :)

  4. I've changed my mind. I want a blue door instead of a rock.
    Thank you.

  5. So I think you need to bring home a stash of the BLING. Love and miss ya!

  6. What's up with all the blue? It's beautiful but is that the official color of Tunis or something?
    Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  7. Wow, what an incredibly beautiful place! Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a beautiful city! You got to meet Laina?!?! She's back in Tunis? How cool! I doubt she remembers me, but feel free to say hi if you think it's appropriate.