July, 2009 -- Inside the Medina in Tunis

The odd thing about travel writing, I suppose, is it can be a snapshot of one particular place at one particular time dressed up as a long view…. In the weeks since Tunisia’s “Jasmine Revolution,” I am struck by the absurdity of my observations in the summer of 2009 (published in The Edmonton Journal in 2010):


“As I wandered the medina in Tunis … I longed to discuss what I saw with someone else. What is a bust of South American revolutionary Che Guevara doing in the marketplace of a state run by the same president since the late 1980s?”

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