Asmara Eritrea - May 13th 2003
I am a bit worried what impact of the trip to
Assab will have on my health. Stories of high temperatures in the Denkalia Desert should be a
warning to start with a optimal condition. Today I will take some rest, eat well
and do some shopping (mineral water!). Before I left to Eritrea I bought myself
a tube of multi vitamins, but the body requires more then that to prevent
fainting. Fish and Terhas have a chicken farm, so I start the day with an omelet.
In the shop window of Photo Sahel I saw some
beautiful pictures of the Eritrea Airlines plane. Unaware of the price of such
pictures I first ask for the price of a copy in similar dimensions in an other
photo shop. I do not want to pay to much extra for my enthusiasm. At Photo Sahel they charge me exactly the price
surcharges for copy rights. I expected some bargaining, because it is impossible
to make pictures at Asmara Airport, so they could easily have charged some extra
I spend the rest of the day buying postcards
and small souvenirs, enjoying cappuccino's and strengthening my body for
tomorrows trip to Assab. One of the best places to buy the souvenirs is the
market that can be easily found at the back side of the main mosque, when coming
from the main street (Harnet Avenue). There is a variety of traditional pottery,
clothes, small handicraft, and it is cheap.
In front of the American Bar I meet a Dutch
couple, Olga and Michael, visiting Eritrea as well. They share their experiences
with my. A man is trying to sell them old coins. In just a few minutes the price
for the coins drops to two coins for ten Nakfa. The are a nice souvenir for that
I have diner in the China Star restaurant,
near the Nyala Hotel. The restaurant is popular among the UN personnel in
Asmara. I am one of the first guests, but soon the restaurant is crowded with
visitors, speaking all kinds of different languages.
In a supermarket I buy four large bottles of
mineral water and some biscuits and other fast food for the 700 kilometer trip.
Must be enough to survive the desert. The alarm clock is set at 3:30.
Shida monument - Asmara Eritrea.
Nyala Hotel and Shida monument - Asmara
Den Den Government club - Asmara Eritrea.
Government buildings - Asmara Eritrea.
City Park - Asmara Eritrea.
Judgement of historical coins "two for
Covered markets - Asmara Eritrea.
Grande mosque - Asmara Eritrea.
Pizzeria Eritrea - Asmara.
Mede Ertra bus station - Asmara.