“I had packed my suitcases with my Prada handbags and found myself choosing between buying yoghurt for my daughter or milk for me, as we couldn´t afford both,” she laughs with irony.
The Family Puzzle Marriage came out as something of a challenge for Faima, who moved to Egypt with her 4-year-old daughter after meeting her husband through an online simulation game called .
The story, a seemingly surreal tale where simulated reality fused with her real life, took her from her native Bulgaria to Egypt’s northern town of Fayed in Ismailyia, where she had to live in a house with no roof for a year.
In her opinion, family was vital to her successful marriage.
“His family was really nice to me, his father used to celebrate Christmas for me and prepare special cakes for the occasion,” says the 70-year-old woman, who converted to Islam four years after her arrival.
They just pretended I didn’t exist, and Mohamed repelled the attacks and ignored them in return,” the 41-year-old woman recalls.
“Now I love them and they respect me a lot, but I don´t let them be a factor in the success of my marriage”.
“We had to end up disconnecting from them.” Claire’s story is familiar to many: while visiting Egypt as a tourist in 2012, her tour guide Ahmed and her ‘clicked’.
“I had the idea the tour guide is always expecting for the next group of people to hook up, but we stayed in contact for six months every day, and that’s when I realised it was something more important than that,” says the 30-year-old woman, now married for two years and based in Australia, where the couple takes care of their little daughter. “We had once an argument because he was telling me what to do and I said ‘you are not my dad’,” Claire exemplifies.
Valentina Primo delves into the intricacies and intimacies of intercultural marriages as she speaks to six very different women from all over the world, with one common attribute: their Egyptian husbands.
There is a massive cyber-library of gruesome books and articles revolving around the dangers of intercultural marriage, especially when it involves an Arab man, resulting in a global stereotype that configures nothing but prejudice.
It was 1968 and Beatrice was faced with the Mediterranean Sea for the first time.