To help me get Egyptian prices, as opposed to over-inflated tourist prices, I’ve been lying. I say that my parents are living in Alexandria and I am studying English in Australia so I can become a writer. Yes, sadly, it is necessary to create elaborate stories about your nationality if you want cheap stuff. I […]


I sit on a balcony six storeys above a (relatively) quiet street in Heliopolis, an inner suburb of Cairo. Heliopolis, in Greek, means “City of the Sun”, but this morning the sun is mercifully hiding behind a big wet blanket of cloud. For the past three days I’ve been beaten into a listless stupor by […]