I have visited the beautiful continent of Africa five times. I had previously traveled to various cities in the western country of Nigeria, to Kenya in the east, and throughout South Africa a couple of times. But none of those visits could have prepared me for what I experienced when I visited the North African country of Tunisia in 2016.
Situated on the north-central African coast, Tunisia is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east, and the northern reaches of the Sahara desert to the south. Due in large part to its location, Tunisia has a rich cultural identity, comprised heavily of Arabic, Mediterranean and French influences, among others. The architecture is also representative of their complex history. You’ll find everything from the ruins of ancient Roman coliseums to the vibrant blue and white styles characteristic of other Mediterranean nations, particularly Greece.
On August 1, 2016, I was exploring the city of Sousse, which sits on the northeastern Tunisian coast. The cobblestone streets were winding and bustling, full of activity and stories at every turn. I came upon this scene, which I thought was so simple and beautiful. It perfectly captured what I was experiencing in the city. The beautiful door, the vibrant blue, and the red motor bike, resting, but ready for its next ride through the busy streets. It was perfection.