first semester exams, I took a week off, and went to Baghdad with my family …
Oh what a
great vacation, with my grandparents, relatives and neighbors ..
We arrived on
Friday, and spent a great week ,visited our neighbors and relatives, went
shopping 5 times, visited my favorite place " Al Roubai'e street" ,
went to the restaurants in Baghdad, celebrated valentine (grandpa took us to a nice restaurant) ,oh Baghdad looked
wonderful that day, it was full of white and red , people dressing red,
carrying roses and balloons, restaurants were filled with lovers and the
decoration was special that day, I ordered
a steak and it came with a heart shape candle, such a lovely idea.. for
one day I forgot all about situation and routine .. people celebrate that day
with their loved ones and families, and I heard a guy talking in one channel he
said " this year, people exaggerated in celebrating valentine they're
walking carrying red bears, roses , balloons and cars are filled with roses ,
load music everywhere, and that's all happening to embitter those who
threatened us not to celebrate valentine, it is an overreaction" .. well,
I love any occasion that express love and care between people ..
And also, in
Baghdad I had an amazing haircut in a new salon, the owner trained in Lebanon
and she's very talented, although we made a reservation and had an appointment, we waited for four
hours!! It was a chance to meet new people and look into new magazines, I had
my delayed birthday, and my sister's
birthday , the best part is we went to two parites "YAAAAAY".
who's a high school teacher got married , so we went to her laylat al hinna
party and to her wedding ..
about our weddings tradition few years ago..
hinna,is the day before wedding (or two days before wedding), where the bride
celebrate with her family ,relatives and friends , and it's from our traditions
to put hinna in little figure for the bride and groom (the bride can wash it immediately
if she doesn't like the orange color), and then the bride put hinna for everyone
who wants ..
So, we had
lovely time, and they hired a band of two women (one of them sings and the
other play music) ..
was nice and I had fun in both parites..
When we came
home from the wedding, grandma prepared delicious ice cream , and that was the
end of Baghdad visit events ..
ago, my family and I spent two days in Dhook, we stayed in a nice motel , the
view was gorgeous, my brother (8 years old)kept asking are we still in Iraq?? He
didn't believe so! Everything looks different, the streets, the traffics , the
malls, we felt different, safe, and remembered
what is it like to walk in the street with sense of dignity, no police
yelling or concrete walls everywhere, I hope every city of Iraq become like the
northern cities ..
shopping (my favorite hobby !!), had nice lunch in a restaurant called malta, it
was an elegant place, also visited Dhooks dam, and went to dream city (children's
city), it was so much fun, and in the next day we went to anishky cave, then had lunch in nice restaurant, and went to a mall..
then came back to Mosul , to the same busy life and daily routine and exams , as the 2'nd semester is close to end, I feel
more stressed and exhausted...
being patient ..