a conversation featuring Noha Beshir!
This is such an incredible conversation and I adored hearing such an in-depth perspective on Egypt and Egyptian culture mixed with both of your unique perspectives. Thank you for such an enriching read xx
Really interesting conversation! The diaspora / expat dynamic is so interesting because your perspectives are so different, but you both share an 'outsider' status to a degree, though experienced differently.
Great conversation. It really flowed naturally. You bring up important topics of recognizing the actual span of control over our lives (agency) and how community can improve that agency. I have found that the more community I have the more ability I have to handle issues, problems, disruptions. It's convenient to have dog sitting apps, but so much better to have a trusted friend or family member to sit your dog.
One of my favorite Yiddish sayings relating to what we can control is "Man plans, God laughs."
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My favorite part about this interview was how much fun you both had doing it! It shines through!!!! 🙌 and I can so relate to aspects of you and Noha’s perspective -- as a Persian-American born in the US but frequenting Iran on a semi-regular cadence to visit family, I feel so calm among the chaos, the bustling metropolis, and when I visit a city elsewhere with similar tone (Mexico City, most recently for my bachelorette party), I regain that sense of home.
So much to unpack. But for now I’m just drooling over the food!
This was such an engaging AND ILLUMINATING piece. Thank you, Noha and Sam!
This post rang true for me in so many ways. My life as an Egyptian born and raised in the USA with a huge family in Egypt mirrors so much of my lived experience... Thank you Noha and Sam for sharing something I have felt my whole life but never really understood.
Definitely a post to savor in more ways than one! The reflections on the different attitudes toward fate, family and even traffic behavior in Egypt compared to the U.S. and Canada are so striking. And the appetizer recipes seem perfect for the holiday table. An excellent series, Sam!
Great piece, Sam. And I may try out a couple of those dips on my Thanksgiving guests!