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Teaching in Algeria
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bdbarnett1



Joined: 27 Apr 2003
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Location: Guatemala City

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Muslim expat wrote:
Yes I went to her father and asked. This is how we do this in Islam. See I said this stuff was not normal for todays ways but I am comfortable and happy with the procedure and the answer from dad. But we digress! This is a forum for teaching English to speakers of other languages. The monitor will think I am using it to shock people. Laughing I am happy to answer any questions about my beliefs by personal email. My address is here so feel free to ask though I am a better English teacher than a scholar of Islam. If I can't answer any question I will say so and possibly ask a local Imam if I have the time and the question is interesting. Just no questions about the wedding night please Embarassed !


I did this, and I'm not even Muslim! Smile
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yamina



Joined: 19 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:31 pm    Post subject: Teaching in Algeria - Salaam! Reply with quote

Asalaam alaikum and hi!

I'm very interested in hearing from people working in Algeria - mahdiyyah and Muslim expat, how's it going?! I'm married to an Algerian and visit the country every year, and alhamdulilah I always have a great time! I'm teaching English in a private language school in the UK, but my husband and I may relocate to Algeria, inshallah within the next year or two. I'd love to hear all about your experiences in English schools/universities there. It's an amazing country with great food, wonderful people and very confusing infrastructure - it really helps you appreciate life and see things in a new way!

Take care,

Yamina
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Longton



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent a few months in Algiers in 1990 and had appalling food. Even the so-called best restaurants offered poor quality food and service. I can't think of any memorable meals. If you want decent food then head west to Morocco.
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yamina



Joined: 19 Jan 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:15 pm    Post subject: Algerian food! Reply with quote

Greetings Longton!

I'm sorry that you had such a bad experience of food in Algeria! I don't know what the food was like back then, but these days it's great - chwerma, pizza, mincemeat sandwiches, mahajeb, chorba, couscous...............

If I'm out, I always eat at little local places which are cheap with little choice - I love the food (mincemeat and eggs in french bread etc!!!!), but it's certainly not like the restaurants and eateries in Morocco or Tunisia, as the tourist trade isn't the same.

I would say though that, like many places in the world, you get far better treats if you stay with Algerian families!! With my in-laws I've learnt to cook couscous, chorba (soup), lots of different breads and stews and things. I now cook this kind of food a lot at home in sunny England. Unfortunately the fruit, veg and herbs aren't quite as good as they are in Algeria, where most food is seasonal and tastes great!

Anyway, I hope you have more luck with food in your travels these days, and if you're ever in Algeria again, I'm sure you'll find the food has improved!!

Happy travels!
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yamina



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: ......and!! Reply with quote

Sorry Longton, I was in such a dream world thinking about food, I forgot to ask you if you enjoyed Algeria, what you thought of it, whether you were working etc etc!!!!
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Longton



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in Algeria for about 4 months in late 1990. I did a lot of travelling including a wonderful weekend in Tamanrasset in the deep south. The shops were poorly stocked with food items and shortages occurred all the time, even of basic items. I used to go to the Carthage restaurant a lot which had OK ish food and service. Later I spent some time in Morocco which I enjoyed a lot. My house was in Hydra.
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