Author Archives: helenhajjaj

10. Anniversary

This year brings a kind of special anniversary for me. It’s exactly 10 years ago since I started fasting during Ramadan. Now, even the not so wise reader should be able to figure out that that means I began fasting … Continue reading

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Torn

Sometimes too many bad things happen at once. This weekend was one of those times. Like so many people around the world, and especially in Scandinavia, I was closely following the tragic bombing and shooting in Norway. I know this … Continue reading

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End Sexual Harassment Day

Today is “End Sexual Harassment Day” in Egypt. Women and men, Egyptians and non-Egyptians are blogging, tweeting and Facebooking (yes – I’m sure that will become a verb some day soon) about their experiences with and attitudes towards sexual harassment. … Continue reading

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What the Arab Revolutionaries Can Learn From the Lebanese

Yesterday I wrote about what the Lebanese should learn from the Arab Revolutions. But like with so many other things in life, learning is rarely a one way street. And after having spent a month and a half in Egypt … Continue reading

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What the Lebanese Can Learn From the Arab Revolutions

I think most everyone around the world can agree that this has been an extraordinary spring in the Middle East. Things I never in dreamed would happen have happened not only in one, but in two, three, four and more … Continue reading

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Flirting Egyptian style

I was at the exhibition of Cairo Photo Marathon the other day, which was a fun, interesting and very eye-opening experience on a number of levels. The participants choseĀ either the six- or 12-hour round and were given a new headline … Continue reading

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To the women of Egypt

I need help. I really want to fit in here in Cairo, but am having some trouble. When I first arrived in Beirut, someone told me that I might as well give up any ambitions of ever having Lebanese girlfriends. … Continue reading

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