Competition Winner – Julie Al-Zoubi with Life on Kerkennah, Tunisia

Right up my street Life on Kerkennah by Julie Al-Zoubi Kerkennah consists of nine small Islands located in the gulf of Gabes, Tunisia 18km from the city of Sfax. Only the two largest Islands are inhabited, and they are joined by a causeway which has been there since the Romans occupied the Islands. The two inhabited islands have 13 small villages and a population of around 15,000. There are estimated to be one million palm trees, all of which have spontaneously seeded. These trees are used in their entirety. Delicious dates are eaten, leaves are used to make fish traps, and the wood is used for building boats. The sap can be collected, and is a nutritious health drink (legmee) which, if left out in the sun, becomes a potent alcoholic drink. In August 2009 I purchased a traditional Kerkennian House. This is located in a typical street in the established village of Ouled Bou Ali. The house came complete with local tenants, who reside in the ground floor 3 bedroom, traditional house. I am living above in the quirky, spacious apartment. The house also has a well for drawing water, as is favoured by the Kerkennians. […]