Monday, April 10, 2017

Hiking In Takrouna

     
        Hello everyone 😊 today I'm taking you with me to one of the most beautiful landscapes I've visited so far, it's a small village called Takrouna located in the Sahel region of Tunisia. Brace yourselves for an almost photos only post where the captures will say all the words I will never be able to find to describe how beautiful the place was 😍


Our first destination was this hill from which we got to gaze at an amazing look on a lake and a small barbarian village. We stumbled through some very pretty and rare flours and the place smelled great.







After a long walk down the hill we found a restaurant with this beautiful view where we stopped to have lunch.



The trip was only getting even more interesting as our next stop was on the top of a mountain where an ancient Barbarian village was located.








              I was amazed with the way the village was built and of course THE VIEW!!





Then we stopped at the coziest coffeshop EVER !!








I really enjoyed this hiking experience and I will certainly go on others and of course take you all with me 😊
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Wedding In The Island Of Dreams



              Last weekend I had the blast to attended my cousin's wedding in my beloved home town Djerba which is an island in the south of Tunisia. I usually dislike weddings because I get bored and they seem all the same to me besides the fact that I have to kiss and hug every single member of my, very large, family. But this time was different because it has been a long while since I've visited Djerba and this cousin of mine is very precious to me since we were raised together as kids. 
From the moment I knew about the wedding I got very excited and I couldn't stop talking about it !! Koukou- the bride- decided that the wadding was going to be all traditional. I loved that because I was always curious to know about my home town's traditions, it made me connect with my roots and it has a strange good feeling.

So according to the traditions, people should not lay eyes on the bride a month before the wedding this is why she shouldn't go out much and even if she does she has to wear something to cover her face. Also during this period of time she is not allowed to see her groom. The reason behind this is to keep her skin healthy and unexposed to the sun and for the people to be amazed by her beauty during the wedding.



few days before the wedding, the bride goes to EL Hammem, it's a sort of spa, with her friends for a relaxing evening. Later on that day, the groom send 10 kids to the bride's house to bring her the wedding ring and a lot of presents then they each go home with a boiled colored egg which was very cute. I still don't know the reason behind the eggs part.
The next day, a little party is organized for all the ladies where they all dress up traditionally, which is very cool and pretty!! A group of women, El Ghanayet, animate this party with old Djerbian songs.




A day before the wedding day, everyone is invited for a big dinner and at that same day the bride applies the Henna and Harkous


For the wedding day (my personal favourite!!) the groom send a camel to the bride's house, it's called Jahfa, to take her from her house to his. All the attendees follow the Jahfa singing along with a troupe Tabela and dancing to the rhythms. The beginning of the ceremony was heart worming and very emotional, it was hard to see the bride's parents and sisters shedding tears, happy tears I guess, for seeing their loved one starting a new era of her life. When we arrived at the house, the groom runs to Jahfa with his best man and taps it 4 times with a sword then runs out of the house and comes back only when his mother goes and find him. Then, the bride's brother has to carry her to the house (she is not allowed to touch the floor because they say it's bad luck)





the wedding continues in the groom's house where Tabela keep singing and now the bride has to wear this gorgeous outfit full of gold.



The other special thing about this ceremony is that men and women are sat in different places and men, including the groom, get very drunk that night I think to enjoy his last day as a bachelor. The party ends very late that night, around 3am.

I really enjoyed this different kind of wedding and something to notice is that the bride didn't wear a white dress all along, which I loved. Although it was very tiring, it was so much fun and I am so glad I got to know all about my hometown's traditions.

what about your traditions?

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

40 Thoughts While Revising


     Hello hello! So I have tones of exams coming up next week and I'm spending a lot of time revising. This is what goes through my head meanwhile:


1-Omg exams are so close !!
2-Okay we can do this
3-Let's start with the easiest subject
4-Does she seriously think I'm gonna know all that by heart?
5-Uumm what?
6-Maybe I will understand more by practicing
7-*exercice n°1* wait I didn't see this before..
8-Music will definitely put me in the mood
9-*after rapping through every twenty one pilots song that ever existed * maybe this wasn't the best idea..
10-Is that my phone ringing?
11-*after my classmate asked me about things I didn't know existed* time to focus!
12-I'm so gonna fail this year
13-Where was I?
14-Yes chemistry !
15-When am I gonna use this in real life?
16-Remember I will need to get a job , move out of my parents house and have the life I've always dreamed of!!
17-How about prostitution?
18-*remembers aids* maybe not!
19-My handwriting really sucks
20-Oh those nails tho..
21-I don't remember the last time I painted them
22- I love painting my nails
23-*after painting my nails * aah that's better now all I need is to study!
24-Finish this and I will reward myself with a 30 minutes brake YEY!
25-This is so haard
26-Am I getting dumber each year?
27-*googles: Does brain capacity decreases with age* I'M DYING!!
28-I remember what the professor was wearing the day we studied this part
29- gosh I hate her!
30-Speaking of which, what am I gonna wear to my cousin's wedding?
31-*after trying on every single outfit in my closet * now we got that out of the way we can get back to revision.
32-Lets switch to another course
33-Do I smell fresh baked cake?
34-I'm so hungryy
35-*eats a lot*
36-I seriously need to go on a diet tho
37-*my dog walks in* I wonder what she thinks of me
38-Aren't you the cutest dog on earth!!
39-I wish I loved more things in life like I love my dog..
40-Is it time for that brake yet?

And so it goes, that's my typical evening planned for revision !
I hope you enjoyed this, add your thoughts to my list :)

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Spring Essentials


Heey everyone ! It's finally SPRIING I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am !

Spring is my favourite season ever because I don't really like grey skies, the cold and not being able to be outside often. So for this post I decided to tell you about the things I can't go through spring without.

Shirts

I love myself a nice shirt and I can't wear them when it's too cold outside so now is the time to get all my beautiful shirts out and enjoy them!

Scarfs

Spring is the time to throw a cheesy little colorful scarf  !


 

A Haircut

I like to cut my hair every spring to feel fresh and light!

My dog and her harnesses

This is so random but walking my dog is so much fun during this time of the year because she doesn't get too hot neither wet and I just want to take her everywhere with me!


I hope you enjoyed this little post and make sure to let me know your spring essentials I'd love to know !


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pushing Myself Out Of My Comfort Zone


  Hey everyone I hope you're having the best week so far !

     For today's post I chose to talk about a recent challenging experience that had an important impact on me (in a good way don't worry). As I previously said I am a very shy person therefore public speaking has always been my nightmare. I blush, get intimidated and freak out even in the most simple situations we go through on daily bases like saying my opinion in a large group of people or answering a question in class. So last week a debating competition was organized in my university, generally whenever I see these kind of activities, I don't even think about participating and I envied those students who are my age or younger and can easily express their thoughts in public and have debating skills. Days before the info session of the debate a friend of mine suggested that I participate along with himself and another student to represent IEEE since they were missing a third participant and he knows my English fluency. My instant reaction was finding excuses and running away  (no surprise here). But then I remembered one of the main resolutions I had for this year which is saying yes to more challenges so without over thinking I agreed. Of course that night I had a freak out and regretted it so bad because I had very restrained experience with debating and I was certain that all the participants are going to be a lot better than myself. Those thoughts began to fade away when I attended the info session where I got to know the basics about debating, an expert gave me very helpful tips and I met some students who were at the same position as me.
   The competition day was here and I stressed out more than ever but at the same time I am a competitive person so I wanted to win. What made me fearful the most was that we were only be knowing about the subject of the debate 15 minutes before the competition. My team and I decided that I was gonna be the first speakers. The subject turned out to be 'bureaucracy should be abolished' Now I had no idea what that meant (total freak out) but I decided to keep that to myself since we were going to do a search on the Internet for arguments and statistics that may help us anyway so I thought that'll be my chance to get to discover it. Luckily my team mates were super nice and we elaborated each speech as quickly as possible. I must say that when I found myself in this situation I surprised myself with the way I was calm and time was running out so fast that I didn't get the chance to realize that I was going to stand and talk before a jury and people I didn't know. The competition lasted about 15 minutes that went by sooo fast !! We didn't wait for too long and the results were out, WE WON ! I had no idea how I did but my friends say I was more than fine.
  I am so glad I went through this experience because I got to realize that sometimes it's okay to get yourself to do the things you fear because they may turn out to be easier than you think. Looking back, it's absurd that I stressed out and was anxious for about a week for those few minutes on stage !!
   I hope this wasn't too long and that somehow it made you think a bit about those chances you're missing out because of your fears.