Tunis, the capital Tunisia is a vast city full of culture, so without further adieu, onto what to do in Tunis, Tunisia!
With the semi-recent overthrow of government, the city was dirty – literally. Obviously, the mess is totally understandable, as there’s currently no mandated government cleanup.
I love experiencing different cultures, and Tunisia didn’t disappoint. Mid-day, a loud siren sounded (a prayer call), and people would either drop what they were doing to pray, or immediately head to the nearest mosque.
Visit a souk, which is sort of like a mall (if I had to compare it to something). It’s an indoor area with an outdoor feel. The “streets” are overflowing with shops and people trying to sell things. However, if you get claustrophobic, I would not recommend visiting here. But if you don’t, it’s quite the adventure, and full of goodies!
Inside the souk, men approach visitors, offering jewelry, crafts, etc, and are looking to bargain. If you ignore them, they WILL follow you. They don’t understand the word “no.” You have to be VERY firm. It can definitely be uncomfortable, especially since they will GRAB and try to place their items ON YOU, forcing a sale.
Josh and I actually made out really well! I love to bargain! We got some great pieces for our home, as well as some jewelry! We sat down and got to watch a carpet demonstration, which was really interesting. I loved watching the ladies weave the patterns!
Another fabulous thing to do in Tunis is visit the Bardo Museum.
The Bardo museum is amazing, and for a handful of Dinars, it’s a must do! The museum houses items discovered in Carthage (which I’ll get to in my next post), and other discoveries from the Punic War. It’s seriously a stunning collection.
More from Tunisia to come!