Tunisian Culture, what shocked you ?

Amr

Active Member
#81
Hey Njt11,

I am good thank you , settling in .:)

My family is adapting to the new environment , such a big change for them .

They are trying to pick up the language now.

We live up north in Newcastle and the neighbourhood is warm and nice.

People here are extremely friendly and my neighbours are real nice people , We have been welcomed by them when we moved in , I even found a greeting card from my neighbour next door in the mail .

We are now trying to socialise with people and fit in the community, a friend of mine invited us to her birthday last weekend and my kid had a fun playing in the backyard with children his age .

I am finding it hard though without a car, It turns out I can only apply for the UK driving licence after 6 months , so I bought a bike that I am using to go to work.

The bread is kind of expensive over here and also the vegetables from the supermarket.

And Man how many taxes you have to pay every month!! .:eek:

But Overal we are doing good !:rolleyes:
 

Njt11

Active Member
#82
That's so nice to hear!! At least the weather is nice at moment if you are cycling!!!
I am in Carlisle so not too far away from Newcastle. Hope things continue to be good for you all
 

Trulymadlydeeply

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#83
Lovely to hear Amr I do like that you are embracing the community spirit. Did you know you can drive on your Tunisian license for 12 months?

Bread is very expensive compared with Tunisia and yes our taxes are high too!!
 

Amr

Active Member
#84
That's so nice to hear!! At least the weather is nice at moment if you are cycling!!!
I am in Carlisle so not too far away from Newcastle. Hope things continue to be good for you all
Carlisle is in the west coast isn`t ?
Yeah the weather has been nice lately , I really like the weather here , it is May and it feels like a summer with an outdoor Air conditioning :)
 
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Amr

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#85
Lovely to hear Amr I do like that you are embracing the community spirit. Did you know you can drive on your Tunisian license for 12 months?

Bread is very expensive compared with Tunisia and yes our taxes are high too!!
Thank you , I think that is the way to go really .
Regarding the Driving licence I think I can only rent cars with my driving licence but to buy one, I will need the UK driving licence to get an affordable car insurance .
Otherwise, I think I will hire a car for the upcoming bank holiday this month and will escape up north to check out some beautiful Scottish islands That I hear people talking about .
I have been to Edinburgh and Glasgow before but never went further .
 

ROULLA

Registered User
#86
Hey Njt11,

I am good thank you , settling in .:)

My family is adapting to the new environment , such a big change for them .

They are trying to pick up the language now.

We live up north in Newcastle and the neighbourhood is warm and nice.

People here are extremely friendly and my neighbours are real nice people , We have been welcomed by them when we moved in , I even found a greeting card from my neighbour next door in the mail .

We are now trying to socialise with people and fit in the community, a friend of mine invited us to her birthday last weekend and my kid had a fun playing in the backyard with children his age .

I am finding it hard though without a car, It turns out I can only apply for the UK driving licence after 6 months , so I bought a bike that I am using to go to work.

The bread is kind of expensive over here and also the vegetables from the supermarket.

And Man how many taxes you have to pay every month!! .:eek:

But Overal we are doing good !:rolleyes:
Hi Amr, Just wanted to say great post.
 

Njt11

Active Member
#87
Yes @Amr its further west, about an hour away from Newcastle....Lake District is somewhere you must go, Keswick is lovely!! Lots of lovely scenery!!
 

Amr

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#88

Amr

Active Member
#89
Yes @Amr its further west, about an hour away from Newcastle....Lake District is somewhere you must go, Keswick is lovely!! Lots of lovely scenery!!
Just checking these out in google ! How beautiful that is .. The UK is a very Beautiful country, lots of things to see and do everywhere .
 

Njt11

Active Member
#90
Let us know if you go!! @Amr
 

Amr

Active Member
#91
Will do !
 

ROULLA

Registered User
#92
Believe me ... in any country or in any country marrying a first or even second cousin is medically advised against as it often leads to an abnormally high number of birth defects, which is not fair to any child who has to cope with that during their lifetime! To my way of thinking it is only a step or two away from incest.

The human race is it's strongest when the gene pool is taken from outside the family. Again medical fact and not based on any Darwinian theory.
Hi Moonsky, Hope you are well! Loads of identical twins marry identical twins here in the UK yet no one ever says anything.
There used to be these sets of twins living just up the road from us and they were always together and happy until one of them died. You may know them.
 

ROULLA

Registered User
#93
I think one of the biggest shocks for me was when I realized that my husband was and is so down to earth. If someone was to ask him what shall I wear whilst in Tunisia, he will tell you to wear whatever you feel comfortable in, even if it is a short mini:eek:... I on the other hand feel more comfortable wearing a jebba;)
 

Scottochott

Well-Known Member
#94
I still get shocked by the driving, do any of you drive out there?

Undertaking, lack of indicators, indicating the wrong way, no acknowledgement of right of way, ignoring traffic lights, ignoring pedestrians.

And talking of pedestrians, what's the attraction of crossing the road on a roundabout? Why ignore the pavement and walk on the road? Why ignore pedestrian crossings and choose anywhere else?

I could go on...and on...lol!

Seriously though I have to change attitude when I drive there, you need to be much more aggressive otherwise you just sit at junctions and roundabouts waiting for any vehicle or pedestrian to clear the road, when I'm back in the uk I have to readjust and calm down and remember there are actually rules!
 

Jane BM

Well-Known Member
#95
I still get shocked by the driving, do any of you drive out there?

Undertaking, lack of indicators, indicating the wrong way, no acknowledgement of right of way, ignoring traffic lights, ignoring pedestrians.

And talking of pedestrians, what's the attraction of crossing the road on a roundabout? Why ignore the pavement and walk on the road? Why ignore pedestrian crossings and choose anywhere else?

I could go on...and on...lol!

Seriously though I have to change attitude when I drive there, you need to be much more aggressive otherwise you just sit at junctions and roundabouts waiting for any vehicle or pedestrian to clear the road, when I'm back in the uk I have to readjust and calm down and remember there are actually rules!
Never ever ever....lol...

And having been a passenger with you....I think the Tunisian way has rubbed off....:eek::eek::eek:
 

Rosewater

Active Member
#96
so guys what do you think? should i move to istanbule and star up a bussnies? honestly i don't want to live here anymore '' Vie de la merde ''..
 

Scottochott

Well-Known Member
#97
so guys what do you think? should i move to istanbule and star up a bussnies? honestly i don't want to live here anymore '' Vie de la merde ''..

Well the first stage is to visit for yourself, get a feel for the place and make some enquiries. No one can advise you what suits you. It's a fabulous city, I've been several times and noticed lots of changes in recent years. Amazing ancient city, mosques, souk and river banks. Recently has developed into a fashionable modern cosmopolitan destination with restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping etc to rival most European capital cities.
 

Jane BM

Well-Known Member
#98
so guys what do you think? should i move to istanbule and star up a bussnies? honestly i don't want to live here anymore '' Vie de la merde ''..
Do you have friends there Rosewater? A back up system? What kind of business is it you wanted to set up? Do you have the finances for it?

I agree with STC, I definitely say you need to visit the place first and see for yourself.
 

Amr

Active Member
#99
so guys what do you think? should i move to istanbule and star up a bussnies? honestly i don't want to live here anymore '' Vie de la merde ''..
Been there a couple of times before, lovely city ...
I still didn't ditch the idea of investing in a property there, the prices seems no different if not better than the ridiculously expensive Tunis .
But how are you planning on settling there, you can`t just go there as a tourist and start working, you need a settlement visa and the right to work.
But if you have a big amount of money ( which I am not sure how you can export with all the restrictions regarding hard currency export in Tunisia), The Turkish government would welcome any foreign investors ..

Also how is your Turkish, The Turkish people are not good with languages (apart from those who try to sell you their stuff in the markets) .. I had to learn some Turkish to communicate with the people in the street and to bargain in the market, I found that you can always get better deals on everything if they think you are local .
 
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Amr

Active Member
I still get shocked by the driving, do any of you drive out there?

Undertaking, lack of indicators, indicating the wrong way, no acknowledgement of right of way, ignoring traffic lights, ignoring pedestrians.

And talking of pedestrians, what's the attraction of crossing the road on a roundabout? Why ignore the pavement and walk on the road? Why ignore pedestrian crossings and choose anywhere else?

I could go on...and on...lol!

Seriously though I have to change attitude when I drive there, you need to be much more aggressive otherwise you just sit at junctions and roundabouts waiting for any vehicle or pedestrian to clear the road, when I'm back in the uk I have to readjust and calm down and remember there are actually rules!

Haha , Totally.
I found Driving in The UK easier and more pleasant than I expected ( with the whole driving on the other side of the road / the car thing ).
You need to be more careful in Tunisia, and don`t ever count on other drivers best judgement's, you are on your own .
 
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