A description of a day in my ordinary life as a citizen of Mosul.
I will start from the early morning and in a usual day.
Usually I wake up at about 5:30 AM before the sunshine, then I will go to the nearby mosque for the prayer of the Fajr (The morning prayer). The females usually do their praying in the house.
When I get back home, I take a little nap and wake up to find the breakfast ready, all the family take the breakfast together. The breakfast usually consists of a cup of tea, some bread and dairy products (cheese, cream, butter, and yogurt) or eggs.
At 7:45 AM, we start to move toward our work. I drive my daughters to their school, my wife to her place of work, then I go to the hospital where I work. Our work usually starts at 8:00 AM. The city is small and half an hour is enough to do this round in an ordinary day. The work hour is from 8:00am – 2:00pm
Going back home, I collect my wife and daughters and if we need any shopping we may do it then, if the stores are in our way. Or just postpone it to a later time. Reaching the house, my wife starts to prepare the lunch, which is usually half prepared from the previous day.
Incase the wife is a housewife; she stays at home doing the daily cleaning up and cook for the family. She may go to visit her neighbors, and exchange food receipt and ideas with them. And when the rest of the family is back they take their lunch together.
The lunch in Iraq and especially in Mosul is different from the western countries. The main dish is usually rice. Rice is very popular here and is cooked in a delicious way, and usually served with another dish, we called it “Maraq”, it consists of vegetable (different kinds give different Maraqs), cooked in Tomato sauce with special spices. We usually prepare the Maraq the day before because it takes time to ripe, but the rice is prepared at time, it takes about 15 minutes to be ready.
Iraqi people can’t live without rice for more than few days, when I traveled abroad; the only food I missed was the rice.
After the lunch, if there is time, I usually take a short nap, then prepare my self to go to my clinic where I stay there to about 7:00 PM, then go back home and may do some shopping in my way home.
The dinner is usually late at night and consists of light food, followed by a cup of tea.
Then the family sits either watching TV or the girls prepare their homework for the school.
Late at night there is a serving of fruits, and we all go to sleep.
We don’t stay awake after 12:00 PM, unless there's a really good movie, or maybe cartoons!
This is a brief description of typical day in Mosul, off course before the war.
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