Dating a man 4 years younger
I'd met my former husband in the then-Soviet Moscow, where I'd moved from Paris in search of a job in journalism. In Cairo — I was working on a book about Egypt, so moving there seemed the logical choice — I found strange comfort in the upheaval.
I'd date anyone from 18 to 40, but the further from me they are either side of my age the more they're going to have to be something really special.
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When my marriage collapsed in a cascade of discoveries about my husband, I did what many women before me have done: I fled to a place where I thought I would be able to heal and find clarity.
He was a Tunisian journalist coming to Cairo to start a new job, and he wanted my advice about neighborhoods and rents. A few days after he arrived, he asked if I'd like to get together. In the meantime, I checked out his Facebook profile and realized that he was much younger than me.
Based on the scant information I saw, I couldn't devise any calculation that would get him out of his 20s.
I'd normally date mid to late twenties, so a 35 year old is up to 10 years older than the sort of girl I might normally date.