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Thursday, March 24, 2011
~Kairouan~ Did I Just See Indiana Jones Dash By?
Beautiful tile work at the Barber's mosque
A typical back street scene in Kairouan
Kairouan's old city gates bidding us to come in to visit
Was our nearest town to shop for food,meat,and items needed to live. The town was about 50 miles from our home in Haffouz. We would plan our trips weekly to shop.
In order to get to Kairouan we would take the local bus, or by Louage, a fast car,sort of a taxi . When using these louages, there may be as many as 6-8 people squeezing into these small station wagons, a sort of packem' in mentality, the more in, the more $$ made, as each person pays the fee to ride. Oh, and the driver drives like a 'bat out of Hell'
If you get there, you can bet, you will certainly beat the local bus.
The local bus is another story. You stand in a group, not lined up, and then push to make sure that you get a spot. All this done as people are pushing to get off the bus! Sometimes you can stand at the stop and the bus drives by, not stopping because there is no room for another person.
One time the bus stopped to let a person off, but was not accepting any new riders, we just said "pour le deux"? For the two Americans? ( who stick out like sore thumbs, and hey, what the heck are they doing so far away from a city where they should be touring??) Out here in Haffouz, it is 'every man and woman for themselves', when it is time to get to Kairouan!
We climbed aboard and left the others on the street to comment on how pushy we were to get aboard!
Kairouan just happened to be one of the towns that the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark used in it's film.
When the girl is being chased and she hides in among many baskets,it is this scene that was filmed in and around Kairouan .
Kairouan is really a beautiful town,it shows a real flavour of North Africa with its whitewashed buildings with domes that remind you of citrus juicers, enormous skiens of freshly dyed red yarn hanging out to dry in the sun alongside white walls, provide a memory of such beautiful visuals, enhanced with the blue adorned window treatments, a la Moorish in flavor, and the beautiful tile work in the Barber Mosque.
Enter through it's Casbah gate into an old world marketplace expecting Ali Baba to appear.
There through the blue window lies the treasure of gold and silver jewelry hanging in display, a delight to ones eyes.
Tunisian women wear their wealth in their ears and around their wrists and necks in chunks of silver and filligreed pieces with patterns that display the beauty captured in the jeweler's work. The bedouin's melt pieces or chunks off of their silver, or sell a piece of their jewelry in transaction when needed.
Some of these women's ears hang with the size and weight of their silver in their ears.