In Cairo, normality is something of a heroic enterprise, Maria Golia explains.
Articles by Maria Golia
How can Egyptians make sure last year’s uprisings have a lasting legacy? Maria Golia looks forward.
- November 1, 2012
The future is unknown, but we can learn on the job, says Maria Golia.
- January 1, 2012
Maria Golia experiences beautiful music and blunt talk at a Cairo gathering.
- December 1, 2011
In a climate of uncertainty, Maria Golia discovers that laughter can sound hollow.
- November 1, 2011
An interview with Maria Golia, author of our longstanding and popular Letter from Cairo column.
- October 27, 2011
Love can be tough amid the boredom and despair of a city slum, writes Maria Golia.
- October 1, 2011
The independent press has gained strength from the revolution, writes Maria Golia.
- September 1, 2011
There may be no easy answer, but identity has become an obsession, discovers Maria Golia, among a people in turmoil.
- July 1, 2011
Maria Golia on a wily strategist who is sowing division as his palace crumbles – and the protesters holding firm against his will.
- February 4, 2011
Maria Golia on the question that has galvanized Egypt’s people – and their struggle to reclaim their dignity.
- February 1, 2011
In the name of research, Maria Golia meets a man with an unusual mission.
- November 1, 2010
Returning to Cairo after some time away, Maria Golia is waylaid in the labyrinth of a cargo warehouse.
- June 1, 2010
Maria Golia feels she’s getting old, while the city around her is ‘getting new’.
- April 1, 2010
A trip to the pedicurist reveals the changing face of Egypt’s middle class to Maria Golia.
- March 1, 2010
Perceptions of efficiency – and cleanliness – can differ, Maria Golia discovers.
- November 1, 2009
Maria Golia recalls why part of her Egyptian education involved learning how to break the rules.
- October 1, 2009
‘Make do and mend’ is a time-honoured Egyptian talent, discovers Maria Golia.
- September 1, 2009
Even when the odds are stacked against them, Maria Golia observes her neighbour’s family taking life as it comes.
- April 1, 2009
Maria Golia goes into battle for the underdog – and then wonders just what she has done.
- March 1, 2009
In the damp, dark winter, Maria Golia finds cold comfort in a pharmacy queue.
- December 1, 2008
From brandished bottoms to a difficult death, Maria Golia plays nurse for her neighbours.
- November 1, 2008
Patience is running thin and tempers are flaring in Maria Golia’s apartment block.
- October 1, 2008
Maria Golia explains why the pen is messier than the sword in her Letter from Cairo.
- August 1, 2008
Maria Golia gets a glimpse of Egypt’s high society in Letter from Cairo.
- March 1, 2008
Living in Cairo means accepting much that isn’t how one might want it, discovers Maria Golia – and that everyone looks good in pink.
- December 1, 2007
Maria Golia observes the wheeling and dealing behind a Cairo wedding.
- November 1, 2007