As I sit in the hotel the night before we leave Tunisia, I honestly can't believe how fast this week has gone! But that's how it always goes. Reflecting on the past few (jam-packed) days I just wanted to share a video and some photos to show what I have been privileged to see in my last few days in Tunisia.
Yesterday, Sunday, I went with my host sister Azza and her family to Sousse to attend a cousin's wedding. A few observations about Tunisian weddings: they are extremely loud, the dancing never stops, the bride's dress is gorgeous but huge, and they are SO much fun! Here is a picture of Azza, my host sister, and I with the new happy couple :)
Today, after our morning panel discussion at AMIDEAST, the group visited TunisiaLive, which is a nascent English news source for Tunisian news. It currently functions out of an apartment in downtown Tunis. The efforts of the young but vibrant staff at TunisiaLive testify to the concrete attempts that Tunisia is making toward implementing more democratic social structures. Here is one of the signs the TunisiaLive staff members used during the revolution:
Following our tour of TunisiaLive, our delegation visited the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage. The cemetery is home to 2, 833 headstones of Americans who died in North Africa during Operation TORCH of World War II. I was overwhelmed and proud to see the number of Americans who died for the freedom of not just the U.S. but of the world.
Sitting in the hotel, I am sad to leave this beautiful country, but I am so thankful for the opportunity to visit. The world has a lot to learn from this country - one that is actively pursuing freedom - and I would encourage all to keep an eye on its efforts to redefine itself. Furthermore, I encourage everyone to visit Tunisia so that its tourist industry will return haha! I know that if I have the opportunity, at some point I will return to this country where freedom and friendship truly do triumph.