Learning to Get Lost

A couple weeks ago we took a tour of the Medina. I was thankful to have a knowledgeable tour guide because the old Medina of Tunis is a maze of narrow streets enclosed in ancient walls holding markets, homes, restaurants, and people busy in daily life. So many twists and turns! I have no clueContinue reading “Learning to Get Lost”

The Power and Freedom of Quitting

Instinctively, I gasped, partly as an exaggerated joke and partly because I was a little worried on the off-chance that tarot cards are legit. Is it silly or is the universe trying to tell me something? And IF there is some mystical force guiding my hand, a bleak skeleton figure wielding a sickle, corpses litteringContinue reading “The Power and Freedom of Quitting”

Valentine’s Day Inspiration

I love Valentine’s Day! I can remember my mom decorating the house with pink and red streamers and balloons. There were cards and little gifts on the table when we woke up. One year she even pulled me out of school early to make cupcakes and celebrate. Justin has also spoiled me. One year heContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Inspiration”

Shopping, Animals, and Weird Plants

A discussion of the nuances and entertainment of living in Tunisia Shopping Most things are cheap in comparison to America and after 6 months here, it still amazes me. I walk away from shopping feeling like I got a steal and would have gladly paid 5 times as much. A quick estimated conversion in myContinue reading “Shopping, Animals, and Weird Plants”

Away For The Holidays

Christmas means time with friends and family. Traditions. Togetherness. But what if you are thousands of miles away?  5,367 miles to be exact (Eudora, Kansas to Tunis, Tunisia). How can you be apart and together? In a turn of unexpected events, more people find themselves in this situation, even if they live in the sameContinue reading “Away For The Holidays”

Culture Shock

I was warned multiple times before moving overseas that I would succumb to something called “culture shock.” It sounded very dramatic and unpleasant. I saw the roller coaster-looking line graph. I studied the “symptoms” and “coping strategies.” I tried to prepare myself mentally and emotionally. Well, I’m happy to report that after about 2 monthsContinue reading “Culture Shock”