No place like abroad

Walk, talk and eat. Wendell Steavenson explains how to feel at home after a week in a foreign land

By Wendell Steavenson   186

Cairo: the market “delivers an instant jolt into another culture”

Let me recount the countries I have lived in by kitchens: Moscow, winter of 1994, I had a hemisphere window with a view of the Kremlin’s spires and a red linoleum floor that turned out to be very good for dancing when you spilled salad dressing on it; Tbilisi, during the dark, unelectrified Shevardnadze years, I left the oven on all winter for heat; Asmara, ten years ago, water was scarce and came through the taps mixed with red sand; Tehran, in 2002, I hid bootleg cans of gin in…

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