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Expat Experiences > Egypt


Gillian Kendall, Alexandria

Posted by: Carole on Monday July 08, 2013 (21:59:08)   (6174 Reads)
Gillian Kendall
Who are you?

I’m Gillian Kendall, full-time freelance writer and writing coach, former assistant professor of English and teacher of ESL. See my website at www.gilliankendall.org. I’ve written two books, one of which is a travel book (Mr. Ding’s Chicken Feet) and edited a collection of travel stories (Something to Declare), both published by University of Wisconsin Press.

I’ve been writing professionally since about 1988. I did my first professional, freelance journalism when I lived in Egypt, writing for what was then the biggest English-language publication in the country, a glossy, color mag for ex-pats called CAIRO TODAY.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Egypt


Mairead Hoey, Cairo

Posted by: Jamie on Monday November 28, 2011 (16:07:52)   (3091 Reads)
Mairead Hoey
My name is Mairead Hoey, I am an Irish expat with a husband, three kids and an ancient dog, trying my best to avoid becoming a "lady who lunches".

We moved to Cairo in June 09. My husband was made redundant so I applied online for him to all the places I wanted to visit. Fortunately Cairo popped up as we could just as easily have ended up in India or one of the Stans.

The biggest challenge was the dog and all the associated paperwork. UK bureaucracy dictated that i should fly from N Ireland to the mainland to sort it out. Even the civil servants couldn't believe how ridiculous this was. Luckily I used my Irish passport and went through Dublin instead, and the dog flew out with us on the same plane. On a more personal note, convincing three teenagers it would be a wonderful experience, and not the end of the world was a roller coaster of emotions.   more ...