Asmara Eritrea - October 11th 2003
There is some work left regarding my business
in Eritrea and I will visit the Ministry of Tourism. In their information office
in Harnet Avenue I buy the last printed materials. I drink tea at the Minister
herself en bring my greetings to the staff of the Ministry. They are itching to
help me, but I am so familiar with Asmara and Eritrea that I will find my way
without any help.
At the Africa Garage, I spend some time with
one of the guys in charge. Would like to make new pictures, but I need memories
of Eritrea, and he wants me to picture his new Toyota Land cruiser. I took a
digital camera this time, so I can picture whatever I like and as much as I want
and retry if necessary. But although the camera makes perfect pictures, I prefer
the old one I took years ago when I first visited the garage.
In the afternoon I follow the suggestion of
the Ministry of Tourism to visit the Sembel on-site Museum. Since I will pass
the house of Mebrats mother on my way to the museum, I will visit them as well.
Again we drink Eritrean coffee. Yordanos wants to cook me a lunch, but although
I appreciate the hospitality, I try to avoid home made food.
Everywhere you go and visit people you must
eat, but the risk of contamination is substantial for a foreigner, so I feed
myself with vitamin boosters and white bread in the morning, coca cola and fruit
juice from the supermarket in the daytime, and a good meal in a restaurant at
the end of the day.
Every time I visit Eritrea it is like a
switch is set from hunger to thirst. Must be the climate and the altitude. When
I return to Holland I always experience some weight loss, but it is just loss of
water, sneaking dehydration. I drink liters of fluid a day but there is no
impulse to urinate all day. A good reason to visit a bar every hour of the
day, or take a bottle of water or fruit juice when traveling.
From the house of Feshaye and his mother I
walk to the museum. When I ask the local people for the museum, no one seems to
be aware of its existence. But the instructions
in the leaflet I received from the Ministry are clear. The site is guarded by
two girls. For the explanation of what there is to see, you need the leaflet of
the museum, because usually there is no guide available.
After the thorough look at the site and the
descriptions of it presented by the museum itself, I ask the girl how much she
will charge me. There is no charge, but I give her some Nakfa's. Think she
deserves it, waiting all day for so little tourists finding their way to this
In the late afternoon I take the bus to
Pizzeria Eritrea to have diner. Terhas is from Holland. She will understand my
"diet" and make my favorite meal. Mebrat is still using the
pizzeria as her office to get rid of all the mail and packages from
Yordanos and the mother of Mebrat and Feshaye - Sembel
Mother of Mebrat and Feshaye - Old Sembel Asmara.
Yordanos, my sister in law - Old Sembel Eritrea.
Neighbors of Feshaye and Yordanos - Old
Sembel museum Asmara Eritrea.
Platform providing a bird's eye view into
the past - Sembel museum.
Kitchen 800 B.C. - Sembel museum Asmara Eritrea.
The "last" houses of Sembel
village - Asmara Eritrea.
Kidane Mirhret Orthodox Church - Sembel
village - Asmara.
Terhas and Mebrat - Pizzeria Eritrea -