I have a new essay in Australia’s Get Lost Magazine on being a budget traveler and then, not altogether happily, outgrowing it:
When I was a student in Cairo, there was an old woman who sold packets of tissue paper from a stand outside the campus gates. A packet cost 30 piasters, or about 10 US cents. But I soon discovered that I could double my value for money by peeling apart each sheet’s two plies and treating them as separate tissues. I felt very clever.
I’ve scanned the whole piece below.