What I wish I knew when I was 20

What I wish I knew when I was 20

The dilemma of never fully conforming. A couple of years ago I wrote a piece about society’s need to ensure that everyone is conforming to two very thin lines, one on the conservative side and another on the liberal, you even stand between them and you deemed an outsider. We, all of us not just ..

Ask the Coach: My Groom Rejected Me Because I Am Circumcised, What Should I Do?

Ask the Coach: My Groom Rejected Me Because I Am Circumcised, What Should I Do?

Note from the Editor: Ask the Coach is a service offered in partnership with Ruba Hommaidi, a leading holistic counselor and life coach. Get your troubling questions answered through the below link or contact us directly. Anonymous Asks:  أنا اترفضت من عريس عشان مختونه اعمل إيه ؟ Coach Replies: Dear reader, I will not debate the ..

How NOT to Smoke Shisha in Cairo

How NOT to Smoke Shisha in Cairo

Cairo really is a place that encourages you to smoke. Nearly half of the population smokes, shisha (hookah) is everywhere, smoking is also allowed in most places. With the added stress and chaos as well, being a smoker could be unavoidable. There isn’t a place that doesn’t serve shisha except for a few restaurants and ..

Are Egyptian Women too Shallow?

Are Egyptian Women too Shallow?

“The majority of women I speak to in Egypt want to get married and become housewives. I want to encourage them to give back the knowledge they gained to their communities,” said Maggie Phiri, a Malawian young woman I interviewed a couple of years ago. I completely forgot about Maggie, her story, and her opinions, ..

My Experience Water Fasting in Egypt

My Experience Water Fasting in Egypt

I recently wrote about how I don’t use any chemicals/cosmetics, and some of you may already know that I’m a vegan who eats mainly fruits, vegetables and seeds – but now I have a new experience to share with you, and it might seem a little crazy but I did it and it was awesome: ..

I Left My Busy Cairo Life and Moved to Sokhna

I Left My Busy Cairo Life and Moved to Sokhna

Cairo, the forever heart of everything; where all the jobs are, the medical facilities, education venues, the shops, the restaurants, the cars, the buses, the impossible commute, the  telecommunication and the electricity. The tall, concrete trees and their fruitless grey trunks, the starless skies, and the no personal space land.  Lifetimes passed by, stabilities came ..

A Day in the Life of an Egyptian Harasser

A Day in the Life of an Egyptian Harasser

He wakes up already fifteen minutes late for work. Now his jerk of a boss will give him a hard day. He kisses his mother good morning, asks her about his shirt that he threw on the bathroom floor the other night; she replies while handing him his morning cup of tea “it has been ..

الملف الكامل لختان الاناث في مصر

الملف الكامل لختان الاناث في مصر

وراء كل ابتسامه امرأة  قصه, و وراء كل “اه” سر مدفون فى طيات الزمن,و لان المرأه كائن قوى, متحمل بطبيعته اقصى انواع الالام خاصة الام الجسد فكان من السهل جدا ان يكون هذا السر من اكثر الاسرار تنقلا من جيل الى جيل بدون سماع صراخه التى تدوى فى اعماق كل قلب حامله,لا يفضحه سوى الأنين ..

Episode 3 of Our Cuisine Adventure: Itadakimaaaasu!

Episode 3 of Our Cuisine Adventure: Itadakimaaaasu!

“Itadakimaaaasu!” The gallant samurai let out her battle cry as she gripped her katana chopsticks, ready to devour whatever is being laid in her bushido path –the way of the warrior- towards the inevitable battle between the dormant Egyptian taste buds and the flaring dragonic awakening of flavors of the land of the rising sun… ..

10 Ways to Survive Cairo as a Vegan

10 Ways to Survive Cairo as a Vegan

1. Change your mindset When I first arrived in Cairo, every Egyptian that I met told me that it’s impossible to survive in Egypt as a Vegetarian or Vegan. Coming from Hong Kong where pork broth and pork pieces can be found in almost all dishes, I didn’t think that it gets any harder in following a ..