My Top Three Favourite Things To Do In Kurdistan

Hey Gûls,

If you're like me and cry pretty much every day because you miss being back home where ever it may be, and you're dying like me because you want to visit as soon as possible. then this blog post is for YOU. Continue reading to see what things I LOVE to do when I'm back home in Kurdistan with photos sharing with you guys my experiences and memories...just scroll down!! 

I've visited Kurdistan four times in my 22 years and I've been extremely grateful I had these opportunities to bring me closer to my culture and the history of my people. By experiencing Kurdistan as many times as I have I have been able to figure out what my favourite things to do are. I've already talked about my favourite places to go are I might as well talk about my favourite things to do. Granted the only times that I've been to Kurdistan are during the summer when school is out, but summertime is one of my favourite times to go.

My First Favourite Thing That I Love To Do In Kurdistan Is

EAT!!🍕  🍔 🍟🤤

I love trying new foods and over the years I've found my favourite snacks to eat and meals to pick. The best thing in Kurdistan is the amazing food that is given to you anywhere you go. Someone's house, restaurant, parks, shopping centers. 

Here are some pictures of the amazing foods that I took the time to take pictures of so I could remember and relive those moments, because trust me I am dying to. 

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Im telling you, eating in Kurdistan is probably my favourite thing to do. If its going to someones house and having dinner, walking to the convenient store at 1 AM and buying bags of junk food or going to a restaurant and eating anything thats available. Those pomegranate drinks and slushes are my favourite thing ever (ezbarî) the ones at the convenient store are ARE EVERYTHING! theres this specific one that I would get every night during the month of Ramdan after breaking my fast. This is probably the thing I miss the most. 

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The next thing I die for is the watermelon ice cream that they have at the convenient store I would have the ice cream and metro late at night when I was suppose to be sleeping being on my phone and enjoying the summer nights int he front yard. IT WAS A GOOD TIME. 

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Having food at restaurants is something that I enjoy too. Though I didn't have it as often as Id like. I enjoyed the restaurants I went to and the people I was with. The chicken, kebab, fish and the salads AMAZING!! I love the Kurdish food and the fresh fish that they make. Though, fast food restaurants are by far the best ones. They didn't have Popeyes (cause you know I die for my Popeyes and chicken) but they had Texas Chicken (kinda the same thing), which I went to every night with my uncles. Their chicken was amazing and really good, it was really cool seeing westernized fast food chains in Kurdistan because in pervious years I visited they did not have it. 

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The next food that I will always die for is the shawarma sandwiches there (lefa). The best Lefa's I've eaten is Lefat Zultan by Parka Azadî in Duhok. I probably ate like 5 of their Lefas when I went, but any Lefa place is a good place to start and to try out. I love trying new places that sell Lefas just to see if they can beat Lefat Zultan, but I have yet to find one that does. 

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My favourite (healthy) foods are Figs (hejîyar) and black berries (well in this case red). natural figs in Kurdistan are the best thing to eat. In the villages and picking them off the trees and eating them is what I love about Kurdistan. Not only that but the berries, my favourites is when they were red and sour. I dont even think they are fully done, but if you havent tried them when they are red you are missing out. SOOO GOOD!

My Second Favourite Thing That I Love To Do In Kurdistan Is

VISIT NEW PLACES 🏞 🌄

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One of the best things about Kurdistan is the amazing view that you experience anywhere you go. The city life, the village life, the mountains, animals, sunset, sunrise and so many others. I've experienced waterfalls in Gundê Bêshîlê, animals surrounded by the mountains, the life of Amedîye, the landscape that is in Zaxo, and the sunsets shadowing the mountains. All new things that create a place within my memories that will definitely last a last time. I will never have a bad day or a boring day in Kurdistan because every where you turn you experience something new and see something beautiful. 

My Third Favourite Thing That I Love To Do In Kurdistan Is

Create new memories with my family💜👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🌸

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Through, experiencing new things and seeing new places I've always experienced it with people I love. This is why my favourite thing to do is traveling and taking on new adventures with my family. in previous years my dad was the one I traveled with the most. The times I've been to Kurdistan it was always with my dad either by ourselves or with our other family members. In Kurdistan my dad is always up for adventures and seeing new places, we would go to different villages, and try new restaurants. While driving to these places he would tell me stories of life in Kurdistan and as a Peshmerga fighter, which has become my favourite memory. All of these photos that I've shared with you were with my father there. Some I had my mom and siblings too, but my father has been my go-to travel buddy when traveling to Kurdistan. It has become our thing (siblings don't get jealous he likes me more, we've established this already).

I hope you enjoyed reading about my experiences, and what my favourite things to do in Kurdistan are. I know there is someone out there who agrees with me because who doesn't like these things especially when you're home in Kurdistan.

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My Top Five Favourite Places In Kurdistan

I have been to Kurdistan a few times and throughout the times I have spent in Kurdistan these places most definitely have to be my favourite places to experience.

There are five places that I definitely want to experience again. Read below to find out what they are!!

1. my first favourite place in Kurdistan to go to is Gundê Wermelê. This is where some of my family members are from. I had spent my time in Gundê Wermelê and enjoyed the incredible view that allowed you to see Gundê Babirê as well. The village was very quiet when I went because most of the male individuals in the village had gone off to fight as Peshmerga, but the view over the hill was amazing. This is why it has become one of my favourite places to visit. Not only that, but I had ridden my first donkey there so it became a memorable moment for me. 

2. my second favourite place to visit is my grandpa's rez (garden). His land or garden that he plants is near the town of Qadêshê. Here you can see the most incredible view of the mountains. I am always so amazed by the mountains here that I used this picture for the original style of my website when I first started. I can't get enough of the views of the mountains, pretty much all my favorite locations are because of the view of the mountains. These pictures down below showcases the true beauty of Kurdistan on an everyday basis. The mountains are really my favourite places to be at I cant get enough of the view even in these pictures.

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3. The third place that I cannot get enough of is probably one of my favourite places out of all the ones I have mentioned in this blog post. This place I honestly don't know it's exact location, but whenever I travel from Duhok to reach my father's village of Gundê Babirê we always go through this area. I fall in love every time because I am so close to the mountains than I've ever been before. I love how close the mountains are whenever my family and I drive through. It makes me so happy to be so close to the mountains because we cherish the mountains so much. As you can see in the photos below when the car goes in between the mountains it's such an incredible up-close feeling I don't think I have felt before. You can almost touch the rocks as you drive past, which is why this has become one of my favorite places to see. I have memorized the journey to my father's village just so I can prepare myself when we reach this part of Kurdistan. This is so I can just stick my hand out and try to touch the mountain. I've taken so much videos and pictures driving past it I fell in love with it.

4. The fourth place that is my favourite places in Kurdistan. This is Gundê Eradina, as Gundê Eradina represents the Christian side of the village and the Muslim side of the village. The Muslim side of the village (where my mother lived) was up the mountain and the Christain side was below the mountain. The waterfall and glass structure is placed below the mountain on the side of the street. I love what they did with the village allowing individuals to stop and reflect. The waterfall is beautiful bringing fresh water from the top of the mountain allowing individuals to drink and refresh themselves. As well the structure that was built in Gundê Eradina represents all the individuals who were from Gundê Eradina that sacrificed their lives to protect Kurdistan. Their names are embedded in the structure with Mullah Mustafa Barzani and Masood Barazni picture in the middle and the Kurdistan flag on top. This structure that was created made this my favorite place to see and visit. Cherishing the moments of sacrifice the peshmergas have done for the people of Kurdistan allows me to continue to love my country. It's crazy looking at the all the names that are from this village alone and thinking about the ways they protected my family in Kurdistan. I love going there and praying that God gives the peshmerga the highest levels of heaven. 

5. The fifth and last place that has become my favourite place in Kurdistan is a place that my family and I came across when we went to visit a village on the edge of Bashurê Kurdistanê (South Kurdistan). It was seen as the last village before you reached the man made borders of Bakur (North Kurdistan). While we were driving back to Duhok we came across this secluded area that almost looked like it has not been touched by humans. We arrived during the perfect time too, while the sun was setting. We stopped and took videos and pictures, I fell in love with the moment and the nature of Kurdistan. It was so quiet and almost felt like time had stopped for a moment because we did not see anything but a beautiful sunset and mountains surrounding us. I definitely cherished this moment and memory with my father. I hope I can go back soon and visit not only the village that we saw that day, but end up traveling down this path again. 


I hope you enjoyed this blog post of my favourite places In Kurdistan. If you ever have a chance visiting Kurdistan I would definitely recommend these areas if you are like me and get lost in the sight of the mountains. Anything that has an amazing view and feeling are places that I want to visit and experience.

Thank you for reading and experiencing these moments with me. Let me know what you think down below. 


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