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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🏞 🌄
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💜👨👩👧👦🌸
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.