This Is Why I Left America for the Middle East

This Is Why I Left America for the Middle East

  Seven months after making the big move, I went back to my hometown and was confronted with the constant: “Are you happy? Is it safe? Do you actually like it there? I still don’t get why you left America for the Middle East!” Seven months ago, I left San Francisco and with it, I […]

How I Managed to Keep My Egyptian Arabic Accent in Canada

How I Managed to Keep My Egyptian Arabic Accent in Canada

By Alia Youssef

A childhood in Canada, 10 years in the UAE and moving back to Canada again has certainly 3awag lisani (made me develop a twang) quite a bit, but nevertheless I finally managed to speak Egyptian Arabic just as well as my family back home to the point where they question whether or not I actually am in Canada. […]

Why ElGhorba Is Not For Everyone

Why ElGhorba Is Not For Everyone

We spend years planning to leave our countries, pursuing new adventures, job opportunities and better lifestyles for our kids, but when reality comes knocking on your door after a year of living away, you start realizing that leaving your family and friends is not easy on everyone. While some excel the minute they leave and find […]