“When I arrived here, I knew a friend who is studying for his MA here. He was telling me you should read about the culture and the history of the country. I thought as long as I speak English, everything will be alright. But, for example, when I started work, a British colleague asked me if I like Greggs. I said: ‘What is Greggs?’ He said: ‘You do not know it?! Okay never mind.’ It is just a famous shop here, but I did not recognise it. I sometimes do not understand what they are taking about, because I do not share the same culture. So, it is not only about the language”.
Pictured here is Nour's niece, with the doll she refused to leave behind
*** Interviews carried out by Doha Samir