Asmara Eritrea - June 3rd 2005
When I wake up at 4:30 it is still
pitch-dark. I have to grope may way through the room to find my flash light.
Power supply is cut of until 6:00. Ruth told me how to leave the hotel, using a
At the bus station, close to the
hotel two buses are waiting. "Did you remember what bus is ours?" the
driver asks. How could I forget. The driver tells me he will get me on the other
bus., that will leave first. I have to return my ticket, and he arranges a seat
in the other bus, that leaves at 5:30.
The bus is a lot faster than
yesterday's bus, no delays, no tea brakes. I decided to skip the visit to
Segeneyti. To tired and a bit afraid I will miss Dehab Faytinga's concert. At
10:00 I am in Asmara where I have breakfast in the Cathedral Snackbar.
At Bbrssy Donut House I buy
some donuts as a gift for Meaza and her colleagues in their Asmara
Intercontinental Hotel office. We drink tea. Meaza invites me to visit her house
to have diner next Tuesday. How can I refuse an invitation of such a wonderful
Back in the center of Asmara,
walking through BDHO Avenue, a boy on a bike is greeting me. It takes some time
before I remember. It is one of the stewards of the Eritrean Airlines plane,
Hertema, now in a sports outfit on a bicycle. We chat for a few minutes.
When I observe the bus number 7 to
Kahawta, I remember I should visit the Asmara Brewery. And to find some
souvenirs for Hendrik
Thomann. At the gate I have to wait for a few minutes. At noon most
employees go to their house to have lunch. The sales manager shows me the office
of the general manager. He has to give his permission for a visit.
When I tell him this is my ninth
visit to Eritrea, he is surprised I did not yet visit the brewery. He calls one
of the employees to escort me through the production halls. Everything is neat
and efficiently organized. The guide tells me what the various equipment is used
for and arranges the requested souvenirs. When we leave the halls he shows me
the villa of the Melotti family, who used to own the brewery.
Walking back to the center, I pass
Setante Otto and Gejeret, to watch various new built residential buildings in the
area, church yards and just walk through areas I did not visit up to now.
When I visit Mebrat's family, the
children bring me a lot of telephone cards. I asked them to collect them for me.
I give them some Nakfa's and my colleague that collects these cards will reward
me with loads of business gifts and pencils.
Walking on Harnet Avenue I watch two
waitresses carrying 24 bottles of mineral water in a tray and some other heavy
stuff in a bag. A man is explaining them how to carry the tray. I watch the
discussion and I suggest to put the tray with mineral water on my shoulder, and
one minute later I am walking the two girls to their Bar Cinquento.
I hope my courteousness will
once be rewarded with more beautiful pictures when I meet them again
strolling the streets of Asmara, or visiting the pavement of Bar Cinquento.
Semaetat Secondary School - Asmara Eritrea.
Entrance of the Melotti beer
and liquor factory (now Asmara brewery).
Family Melotti villa - Asmara Eritrea.
Asmara brewery - Asmara Eritrea.
Asmara brewery - Asmara Eritrea.
Asmara lager beer and
Asmara's extra stout,
the two trade marks of the Asmara brewery.
Residential building -
Mosque - Gejeret Asmara.
Yodith and Jerusalem doing their
schoolwork - Asmara Eritrea.
American bar - Harnet Avenue