I am so excited to share this video with you. It will transport you across the globe to an island off the coast of Tunisia, where I got to go fishing with a group of local fishermen. It is an experience I’ll never forget.
It all started, years ago when I studied in Paris and fell in with a bunch of Parisian friends. The ethnic make-up of the group was quite varied. And some of them were second generation Parisians with parents from North Africa — the majority of which came from Tunisia.
Meeting them seven years ago, I started to learn about Tunisia for the first time: that its cuisine sounded delicious — savory lamb dishes, seafood couscous, roasted peppers and lots of spices; that it boasted a temperate climate, with hot summers that baked its Mediterranean beaches; and that it is a Muslim country that grants women rights not always found in Arab regions, like education and the choice of whether or not to veil themselves.
So last August, when I received an invitation to join some of these friends in Tunisia, I didn’t hesitate.
Part of the trip took place in Kerkennah, an island chain on the Mediterranean in the Gulf of Gabes. We were hosted by Walid, one of my Parisian friends, whose parents and much of his family live on the islands.
Their family business in Kerkennah, going back generations, is fishing. And Walid’s uncles invited us out for a day on the water where I got to experience a glimpse into the life of Tunisia fishermen.
Here’s the video from the experience above.