Tataouine

Tataouine

Mausoleum, Matmata

Mausoleum, Matmata

Pit dwelling, Matmata

Pit dwelling, Matmata

Douz

Douz

Cemetery, Douz

Cemetery, Douz

Douz

Douz

Chott el-Jerid

Chott el-Jerid

Mides

Mides

Chenini

Chenini

Tamerza

Tamerza

Oasis, between Tamerza and Mides

Oasis, between Tamerza and Mides

Chenini

Chenini

Tunisia

Southern Tunisia

April 2012 • Couldn't afford a rental car so I relied on the louage system (8-passenger share taxis) to get around the country. There wasn't the freedom to stop whenever something interesting came along, but I had the great benefit of talking with Tunisians who aren't connected to the tourism infrastructure. Conversations ran the gamut—from enlightening (a businessman's praise for the work ethic of people in Sfax) to sad-trombone awkward (three hijab-wearing university girls aghast at my atheism and urging me to read the Quran). Several people mentioned how new it is for them—only a year after their Dignity Revolution—to talk so openly and freely with a foreigner. And in that spirit, I'll definitely never forget the crazy louage driver who looked like Neal Cassady and cursed like Tony Montana, thanks to my helpful coaching.

Tataouine

Tataouine

Mausoleum, Matmata

Mausoleum, Matmata

Pit dwelling, Matmata

Pit dwelling, Matmata

Douz

Douz

Cemetery, Douz

Cemetery, Douz

Douz

Douz

Chott el-Jerid

Chott el-Jerid

Mides

Mides

Chenini

Chenini

Tamerza

Tamerza

Oasis, between Tamerza and Mides

Oasis, between Tamerza and Mides

Chenini

Oasis, between Tamerza and Mides