“When I was in the USA and he told them he was going to marry me, there was a lot of drama, but he insisted and I didn't seek their approval; I respected him more because he wasn't swayed by his family,” she says.
“Five years later, his mother explained everything to me and everything changed.” A Global Negative Discourse “I am always annoyed with the negative publicity that comes with this topic, as I have been married to my half-Turkish half-Egyptian husband for over eight years and we have a wonderful marriage with two kids,” observes Sina, a globetrotter and interior designer based in Alexandria, where she runs a small boutique studio.
“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.
It was 1968 and Beatrice was faced with the Mediterranean Sea for the first time.
As her husband led her into the boat, she glanced back over her shoulder and said goodbye to Venice, hoping the journey ahead would leave space for some rest.
“It took a while for him to realise he needed to share decisions, something which is very common in the Australian culture.
But we have a lot of understanding about the cultural difference, and this helps us handle things in a better way.” For Alexis, an American non-profit worker married for two years, talking and setting up common rules was essential to overcoming cultural differences.
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.
But is there no experience at the other end of the spectrum?
Cairo Scene speaks to six women and delves into their stories of success, struggles, and romance having married an Arab man.
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.