TUNIS, TUNISIA I

I stopped in Tunis through an exchange. I spent the winter there, and since I was not very prepared, I was cold. In Tunisia it snows, even in the Sahara region, so it is good to carry boots, gloves, hats, all these paraphernalia.

The languages spoken are Arabic and French, it is very difficult to find someone who does not speak both languages, especially in the capital.

The country was just out of the Arab Spring, and it was in Tunis that this was unleashed, a man who was dissatisfied with the political and economic situation set fire to himself. The Arab Spring was a series of demonstrations that were spreading to the countries of the Middle East that suffered similarly with dictatorships and lack of perspective of life. The Tunisian dictatorship felt and during the period I was there, the democratic constitution was being drawn up. The country appeared to be on standby, lacking sanitary surveillance, development plans, among other factors, but there were no shortages of military, barbed wires, tanks and blitz in the middle of the road.

As for the exchange, I made the GIP by AIESEC, that way I went to work for three months in a paid way in a local architecture office between 2013 and 2014.

The entire process between registering for AIESEC, interviewing and landing in Tunis, lasted a month. The process is very simple, you pay a fee and thus you have access to all available positions, then it is the same to look for employment here, you apply, send resume, cover letter, interview, until it is approved.

1601363_694364487250828_14188076_nView from my bedroom window.

I lived in an apartment with ten other people, all of them AIESEC einterns, one from every place in the world, the apartment was in Ariana, a neighborhood farther away but had a very well-organized supermarket, and the subway station was relatively close. The subway in Tunis is not very good, since it takes very few parts of the city, passing mainly by the center and by one or another more distant district. The good part is that it is a misery of cheap, it was only 0,15 dinars. Taxis were also very cheap when they were on the counter, and another common form of locomotion was the louage (stocking, van), we had also in Brazil, they were safe and very cheap, and the most important thing was that it served the whole city.

DSC00419.JPGView of the central region of Tunis, Habib Bourguiba avenue.

In the next  posts I will tell you more about the sights and culture of this country that has just emerged from a dictatorship and that today has a brand new constitution and is recognized as the most advanced in environmental terms.

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