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Mom on move to Egypt: ‘We picked one hell of a day to arrive in Cairo’

Monique El-Faizy
TODAY contributor
The author, with her sons and husband.

Monique El-Faizy
The author, with her sons and husband, on vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

A few months ago, I decided to relocate to Cairo with my two young sons, 8 and 12, for two years. I had hit the mid-life skids and was questioning my marriage and my career choices. The book about Egypt I had been working on was almost impossible to write from my home in New York, even with regular trips to Cairo, because the situation on the ground changed too frequently and too completely. My husband  a Brit and former journalist who believes strongly in the value of living abroad  agreed that the experience would be great for the kids and would be manageable with frequent visits. When we made the decision, Mohammed Morsi was president and Egypt seemed to be in the midst of a messy and bumpy transition to democracy. When we got there, things were entirely different.

We picked one hell of a day to arrive in Cairo.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. bgor zu #

    for me i would say the parent had made a big mistake to choose a nice family to live in a place called Cairo.

    August 17, 2013
  2. Sarah #

    I came across your post through MSNBC and wanted to wish you and your family the best. As an American that not only lived in Maadi, but attended and graduated from CAC, it hurts to see the struggle of a place and a population of people that I hold dear to my heart. Though I have been back in the states for some time, and obviously the political climate has changed, I know that you will find the Egyptians, particularly in Maadi, very friendly and helpful. Not to say that you shouldn’t be careful, but I hope you and your family get to see and experience the Egypt that is much more than what we get to see on the news lately.

    August 21, 2013

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