I am 69 years old, a resident of Egypt and Nigeria for forty-eight years, a mother and wife, an adventurer, author, amateur photographer, a former marathon cyclist, bird and nature enthusiast, desert explorer and an advocate to preserve the heritage of traditional crafts.
My long-awaited trip to follow the Silk Road from Beijing through China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan was a two months journey in 2017. Returning in 2018 to explore lesser trade routes and more of Central Asia and China, my travels take along the Pamir Highway of Tajikistan to Kyrgyzstan and over the Torugart Pass in Kashgar, China and the southern route of the Silk Road along the Taklamakan Desert.
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I am the author of Cairo’s Street Stories:Exploring the City’s Statues, Squares, Bridges, Gardens, and Sidewalk Cafés (AUC Press, 2008), Cairo: The Practical Guide (AUC Press,15th edition, 2012), Cairo: The Family Guide (AUC Press, 4th Edition, 2010), Silent No More Special Needs People in Egypt (AUC Press, 2002), Paddle Your Own Canoe An American Woman’s Passage Into Nigeria (Spectrum Books, 1997), and Bahgory Legacy (Obelisque Publications, 2013). My articles are found in: Obelisque Magazine, Persimmon Tree Magazine, Horus, Turath, Valerie Magazine, ARCE newsletter and various other Egyptian publications.
***New book: Field Guide to Street Names of Central Cairo. To be published Spring 2018 by American University in Cairo Press. Co-author, Dr. Humphrey Davies. Preview: Go to Amazon.
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Conference paper presented at Inheriting the City Advancing Understanding in Urban Heritage, Taipei,Taiwan, organized by Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, April 2016.: City Walks: Another Perspective for Narrating the History of the City – Cairo, Egypt. See: https://nomad4now.com/2016/04/11/conference-inheriting-the-city/ and https://nomad4now.com/2017/02/23/announcement-lecture-at-megawra-february-28-2017/
The purpose for this blog is to collect, expand and update my publications. Use the drop-down menu to view new articles. There are a variety of subjects about Egypt, Nigeria, Syria, Togo, and Republic of Benin, which are found under ‘Articles’ and book titles.
‘Unplugged’ is my attempt to write poetry. You enter at your own literary risk!
This blog would not have been possible without the suggestion, mentoring, advice, direction and generous time of Ingrid Wassmann at AUC Press. Many thanks, Ingrid.
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