An animated local crew was repainting the grand #Medersa of #Tlemcen when I visited. As I walked up to chat with them, one of the painters perched atop precarious ladder hollered down to his friend below, brandishing brushes with white and brown paint: 'This one is mayonnaise, and this one is chocolate!' ⟩⟩⟩ New on ibnibnbattuta.com ⟩⟩⟩ Matrimony and Patrimony in Tlemcen #everydaymiddleeast #everydayafrica #MEdailylife
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⟩⟩⟩ OCTOBRE ⟩⟩⟩ Le Cheikh de Oued Souf : Après des années de supervision de la #Zaouia Tidjania à Guemar, juste au nord de la ville d’El Oued, ce cheikh supervise actuellement sa rénovation. Les zaouias — des centres religieux qui couvrent les fonctions d’un mausolée, d’une mosquée et d’une école religieuse — constituent un pilier des traditions Soufies qui demeurent fortes en Afrique du Nord et de l’Ouest, même face à des importations plus extrêmes. ⟩⟩⟩ OCTOBER ⟩⟩⟩ Cheikh of Oued Souf: After years of overseeing the Zaouia Tidjania in Guemar, just north of El Oued city, today this cheikh is busy supervising its renovation. The zaouias—religious centers that combine the functions of a mausoleum, mosque, and religious school—are a pillar of the #Sufi traditions that remain strong in north and west Africa even in the face of more extreme imports.
From Algiers, it's a longer flight to #Tamanrasset than it is to Paris; such is the vastness of this quasi-continent of a country. No surprise, then, that one end of it looks nothing like the other. ⟩⟩⟩ New on ibnibnbattuta.com ⟩⟩⟩ Tamanrasset, Capital of the South
Just after dawn the next morning we hit the lone paved road south, passing through a Martian landscape of sun-baked sand and black basalt rocks. In many stretches, there wasn’t a bush or blade of grass in sight. Furry guerba waterskins slapped against the sides of our guides' pickups. (Pro tip: When your guide tells you that the traditional goatskins can keep water cool even in the crushing desert sun, look sassy and ask Really? to win a free taste test.) ⟩⟩⟩ Read the full article at ibnibnbattuta.com ⟩⟩⟩ Illizi to Djanet Overland: The Lost World of Algeria's Tassili N'Ajjer