Tunisia was my first trip to Africa, and it definitely met the expectations. It was a beautiful place surrounded by the ocean. Our first trip in the country was to go see Carthage. Carthage was the home of the Punic during the period of fighting with the Romans. It backs right up to the ocean and is just awe-inspiring. The ruins are still being dug up but you see enough to get the idea of how the Punic people lived. Its neat seeing the places you learn about in history first hand. After Carthage, we headed over to the Medina. The Medina is a city center with 8 doors. It is a walled in complex full of shopping and bartering and people throwing things to buy in your face. Most of the sellers would put a necklace on you and then demand money. It was quite the experience to say the least. In the Medina, there was a rug shop made of hand stitched rugs which “will last 1000 years”. That was the selling point, obviously. The rugs were beautiful, with intricate designs. We ended up buy 3 rugs. You have to help out the Tunisian economy some how, right? Or maybe that is an excuse. The weather in Tunisia was also not the best, but it did clear up till the end of the day. The other place our guide took us was the American cemetery in Tunis. It was so neat to see a monument for all the soldiers who died in pursuit of saving the Tunisians. Again, Tunisia is definitely a place I recommend going.
On a side note, Happy Leap Day! Hope it is awesome :)