Prickly pear fence
This photography shows how the mendzel (houses) in Djerba are enclosed. They build a 20-30 cm high wall with agglomerated sand and plant on its top "paddles" of prickly pear (Opuntia). The prickly pear grows fast and its roots hold more or less together the sand but anyway, the small wall will soon be of no use as it will be topped by a several meters high bush of prickly pears
Djerba Explore Park
Djerba Explore Park is exposing several type of houses, which are typical constructions for the inhabitants of island of Djerba. These are mainly bungalows of various sizes, which of course depends on the number of household members and their financial status.
The two things are very characteristic, front doors adorned even at the slums houses and usually colored in blue. The other characteristics is the domed shape of the roof, which allows better airflow inside of the room and making so the natural way of air conditioning.
Facade is always painted white so that refuses hot rays of the sun.
Djerba is pretty well organized giving the general impression that the standard of living on the island is at a higher level than the rest of Tunisia. The street beggars are a rarity and local bums almost invisible. Although the consumption of alcohol in public is allowed, most of the locals do not consume it. During my two visits of Tunisia I have never seen any drunkard out on the street.
I have noticed a few beggars only by they were quiet and polite, unlike to beggars in Egypt or eastern Africa.
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Hookah, narghile, shisha, or sheesha as it is called in Tunisia, is a waterpipe, single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco called shisha. Hookah can be used to produce smoke by burning the shisha or used to create water vapor by melting it at a lower temperature.
In Tunisia people smoke waterpipe as a part of their culture and traditions. Social smoking is done with a single or double hose, sometimes even triple. Most cafes offer sheesha for free. The average sheesha session last more than 30 minutes. It is widely in use and very popular among the local people.
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