This photograph depicts a troglodyte home, typical of the Berbers in North Africa. During an excursion to the south of Tunisia we visited Matmata, one of the country's few Berber villages. Berbers make up a large portion of the population in other North African countries like Morocco and Algeria. However, Tunisia has fewer mountains - into which Berbers typically build their homes - and thus less Berbers. We visited the woman who lives in this home with her husband, two sons and one daughter. The home was made up of a central courtyard open to the sky and surrounded by four rooms carved into the mountain. We drank mint tea and ate homemade bread dipped in olive oil and honey while she showed us how she weaves traditional Berber carpets. Although from the outside the house looked like little more than a hole in the rocks, inside it was full of life and hospitality. It was a memorable glimpse into life off the path beaten by tourists.
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