Despite glorious weather almost all year round, summer in Tunisia begins in earnest around the second week of July!
Summer Fun! - British Expat Sumaiya And Tunisian Friends 2010
This is the time to say "Goodbye" to parking places, a postage stamp sized spot on the local beach, available taxis, a pavement to walk on which has not been overtaken by a café's chairs and tables, and most importantly to remember if there ever was a time where it was possible not to fight your way around the local supermarket, only to get that sinking feeling when you stumble, yet again, across the empty shelves and realise that you have been beaten to it!
Pop concerts, soirées, candlelit classical performances, Tunisian weddings, with the music lasting long into the early hours of the morning, open air discotheques housing the world's top DJs, the eagerly awaited opening of the country's theme parks and water parks, Tunisia welcomes you to them all, if after you have managed to catch your breath, you can beat the traffic jams to find your way to them!
Busy Pavement Cafes - Summer Nights In Nabeul 2010
Living in Tunisia, you long for the time, when everybody goes home, peace descends and life returns to normal once again! But children are children, the world over, and parents face the dilemma every summer, of how to keep them entertained until the school bell beckons them once more! In Tunisia's case the school summer holidays last from the second week in June, until the second week in September, a total of just over 12 weeks!
Tunisia has a host of activities designed to keep the children's boredom from setting in. Scouts, football training, handball, science clubs and more, all there to tempt them! Even the schools are open most mornings for catch up lessons, which are surprisingly popular, albeit amongst the parents more than the children!
Maison Des Jeunes
In the town of Beni Khiar, located close to Nabeul, the place to head for has been the local Maison Des Jeunes, which is Tunisia's equivalent to the Youth Club in the UK. Most towns in Tunisia have one and these great little places, similar to the Youth Clubs in Britain, offer leisure opportunities for both small children and young adults, all year round!
The Maison Des Jeunes in Beni Khiar is housed in a wonderful old Arab house, worth entering just to gaze at the all the original features maintained in the rooms around the attractive, open-air courtyard! Looking at the building from the street, it is hard to imagine that this tiny looking building from the outside, actually offers a multitude of classrooms for activities inside, as well as a long, rectangular shaped room ideal for the sports coaching they offer there!
The directors of the Maison Des Jeunes are very much involved with the local community and as well as keeping the children entertained throughout the summer, have been active in providing concerts, day trips around the Cap Bon and a trip on a Pirate Ship, as well as the annual summer festival of events held on the beach of Beni Khiar! This weekend, 7- 9 August 2010 they have organised a film festival, again set on the beach, perfect for relaxing in the open air by the sea, on an otherwise long, hot and sticky summer evening!
Learning The First Steps In Karate
With Help From Karate Instructor Imed Nabli
Maison Des Jeunes, Beni Khiar, Tunisia
Beni Khiar's children this summer of 2010, have been fortunate to have been able to take part in the following activities on offer to them :-
- Computer studies
- Rap lessons
The rest of the year will see an even greater choice for them!