Thursday, December 15, 2016

Algiers--The Orientalist Paris

Algiers is one of the most fascinating cities I have encountered. It is like an Orientalist Paris, covered in a layer of dust and decay. Like a French North African Ozymandias, if ever there was one.

Meanwhile, the Algerians have claimed me as one of their own. "You have the face of an Algerian. You look like a Berber," the tea merchant remarked as he poured lemon juice in my tea. I smiled, and replied: thimarth. (Thanks in Amazigh)

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