Green building design – The only sustainable solution to urban sprawl

As an environmental consultant, I’ve had to change my perception of the environment over the years, especially the built environment. When I was a graduate student, I used to think that modernity, cities, infrastructure, the world as we know it, as I knew it, was anathema to nature…

Destigmatizing the idea of children with special needs in Egypt

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Rola Moemen, an Egyptian woman and mother of a beautiful little girl, called Tala, for a feature I was writing on her. Over the course of 2 hours she told me an incredible story. The story of…

Tips to surviving motherhood in a foreign country

People who know me know this about me (it’s almost a trait): I’m struggling to adapt to Egypt. After 3 years of living here, I would still jump at any opportunity to move out and never look back. Then motherhood hit me like 10-ton truck…

10 Favorite Traditional Dishes Made Vegan

“I’ve always believed traditional food tends to be the healthiest, in terms of being plant based. After all, nature was our ancestors’ supermarket, where only the freshest produce (sans pesticides, insecticides, chemicals) were used to create nutritious food that has been passed down from generation to generation.&#8221…

How I Dealt With Postpartum Depression in Egypt

“Everyone talks openly about how wonderful and rewarding motherhood is. They might even talk about its many challenges; the sleepless nights, the lack of time for oneself, the loss of personal identity, the sheer enormity of the responsibility of caring for another human being and keeping them alive. But…