New Internationalist

Letter From...

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The Neighbourhood

Letter from Mauritius

Handle with care

Returning to Cairo after some time away, Maria Golia is waylaid in the labyrinth of a cargo warehouse.

The soaring call

Maria Golia recalls a transcendent moment amid the clamour of Cairo.

A face for today

Maria Golia feels she’s getting old, while the city around her is ‘getting new’.

The pampered paws

A trip to the pedicurist reveals the changing face of Egypt’s middle class to Maria Golia.

Cairo 2010

The dawn of a new decade has Maria Golia pondering the past.

The return

An overseas trip lets Maria Golia see her hometown in a new light.

Losing the edge

Perceptions of efficiency – and cleanliness – can differ, Maria Golia discovers.

Permission denied

Maria Golia recalls why part of her Egyptian education involved learning how to break the rules.

Wealth in abundance

Make do and mend’ is a time-honoured Egyptian talent, discovers Maria Golia.

Turning Japanese

Maria Golia recalls a moment of cultural confusion.

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