1. You hear the first words of the call to prayer.
And you were mesmerised, at least for that first week. Now, you don’t even hear it anymore — even though it’s there five times a day. The minaret calls the faithful to visit the mosque and pray to Allah. At times depending on the town you are in, there are several callings at the same time, filling the blue skies with different sounds that were once alien to you. The radios and televisions are switched off, the street musician stops playing and men casually place their praying mats outside their small, family-owned shops, kneel down and pray. And when a newly arrived asks you, “What is that?” You answer in auto-pilot, “What is what?”