Asmara May 31st 2001
Now that the celebrations of independence are
finished I will first try to book a trip with Eri-tours. They did spread leaflets
when we arrived at the airport of Asmara ten days ago. The description of their
location is typical Eritrean. Street names and numbers are often left away in
Eritrea. Just: "National Union of Eritrean Woman (NUEW) near to
Eritro-Germeny Building" or a P.O. Box. Where is this building? I miss a
small map. When I call them a friendly woman asks me if I can find the Sunshine
Hotel. She will pick me up if I wait there. That's another typical Eritrean
gesture. It's an honor to help you. They tell me that they have just started.
Not all the trips are operational yet. I will do the two day trip Asmara - Ghinda
- Massawa - Dahlak on the 6th and 7th of June.
Trying to find more information about possible
trips, I first visit Eritrean Tour Services (ETS). They tell me there are ending
their operations and closing their office. That's sad because they are on a good
spot: easy to find for tourists. I visit the Ministry of Tourism in Harnet Avenue. Their office is on the second and third floor. I knock on their door.
The woman answer my questions with the friendliness of a tour operator. There
are only a few leaflets available.
In the afternoon I visit the markets and try to
make some nice pictures. Only a few people want to be pictured. The girl selling
vegetables asks me if she can have a copy of the picture. That's a nice idea. If
it's going to be her picture as well it must be a good picture. I gave her the
picture a few days later. She is very happy and tells me I am her brother now.
The biggest tomato she can find is my reward.
While I am taking some rest at the textiles- and
shoe market the rain starts to come down again (and no umbrella). This gives me
some time and a good reason to familiarize with the men who are making shoes at
this market. When the rain stops for a few minutes I run to the photo-shop. From
there I ask a guy who is walking in the right direction if I can share his
umbrella for a few hundred meters to our apartment. Of course I can.
Young Eritrean woman selling vegetables at the market.
Shoemaker at the Asmara market.
Little shops and workshops at the Asmara grain market.
Processing the grain in a little workshop at the Asmara grain markets.
Women selling eggs and chicken at the Asmara market.
Entrance of the Medeber markets.
Making household utensils at the Medeber market.
Unprocessed chili peppers at the Medeber market.
Girls grinding chili in a workshop at the Medeber market in Asmara.