So I am back from Tunisia. The trip was really rewarding even though the summit itself was postponed. It was an excellent experience, as I made lots of contacts and filed a number of stories.

Although I didn’t see much of Tunisia what I saw was impressive. Tunis — the capital — looks really European with French-style homes and street cafes. I stayed at a Hotel Africa, which is located in the heart of Tunis on Habib Bourguiba Street.

On the day of my departure I walked all the way downtown — Le Medina — where I shopped at an arts and crafts souk, or market. I got some souvenirs and a couple of Tunisian items including a mosaic painting, which is now proudly hanging on one of our flat walls.

After I got back to Doha, I took a couple of days off to recuperate from the hectic work schedule in Tunisia.

Jeff and I had a really a fun day yesterday as we went to the Palm Island here in Doha. We arrived there by boat, which we took from the dock near the Sheraton hotel.

The island itself is quiet and small but very pleasant with lots of palms. We had a nice dinner at the Island’s sole resturnat and even drank beer, something that is only served in hotels here. Perhaps the island not being on the Qatar mainland was exempt. Who knows, but it was quite a treat!