Last Friday I escaped for the day to the coastal city of Mahdia. I met up with my friend Paul in the morning and we did a quick run to the market to pick-up lunch essentials: fresh bread, cheese and tomatoes. We took the louage, which is a long-haul shared taxi that is widely used in Tunisia for transport between cities, and arrived in Mahdia by late morning.

Once there, we dodged into a cafe for a round of mint tea before embarking on a walk along the coast. There is a large marine cemetary (photo above) resting on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, and remains of 10th century walls dotted along the seashore.

We had lunch on the steps of the Central Mosque then took a coffee in a courtyard cafe before departing back to Sfax in time for my 6pm class. The trip was short and sweet but just what I needed after a couple busy weeks of teaching.

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