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September - October 2005
Effe naar Eritrea

 

 

Asmara Eritrea - September 23rd 2005

 

The first day in Eritrea isn't very spectacular. I have to make some kind of an agenda for the coming weeks. Therefore I will visit all thinkable offices, families and friends, and deliver packages, letters and pictures.

There will be a wedding in Haile and Freweini's house. Haile's first born daughter will marry ten days from now. I HAVE to come to this event, to witness every detail of a traditional Eritrean wedding. Actually, the wedding is the main reason for this unexpected two weeks trip to Eritrea.

The renovation of the Keren Hotel is almost finished. It will open a week from now, when the last work on the water supply is finished. The manager gives me a tour through this very luxurious (and expensive!) hotel, now renamed to Albergo Italia, brought back to its grandeur of the Italian colonial time.

Saba of Explore Eritrea welcomes me in her office with a cup of tea. Unfortunately there are no itineraries I can join for the coming weeks. But I will leave my phone number, just in case there is any groups coming to Eritrea, willing to share their program.

Tedros of Travel House International is involved in the organization of the program of World Tourism Day 2005. The program will be on different dates in Massawa, Keren and Barentu. Part of the program coincides with the wedding. The opening ceremony will be in Asmara on September 29th. A gala diner with music and dance in the . There will be an invitation for me at the reception.

On September 27th is the celebration of Meskel on Bahti Meskerem. If I want to witness it in one of the other villages, Dekemhare is a good alternative, with its mostly Christian population. With Tedros I observe the posters announcing feasts and other events in nightclubs in Asmara.

At the Ministry of Tourism office I get my Travel Permit, for all thinkable destinations to match them with my - still mostly blank - agenda. And to greet the minister and several of her employees, and to get more input for my agenda.

 

Lunch with an Eritrean family - Asmara Eritrea.

Lunch with an Eritrean family - Asmara Eritrea.

Beautiful decorated interior of the Albergo Italia  - Asmara Eritrea.

Beautiful decorated interior of the Albergo Italia  - Asmara Eritrea.

Explore Eritrea Travel Agency - Asmara Eritrea.

Explore Eritrea Travel Agency - Asmara Eritrea.

The ladies of Travel House International - Asmara Eritrea.

One of the ladies of Travel House International - Asmara Eritrea

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Cinema Roma - Asmara Eritrea.

Cinema Roma - Asmara Eritrea.

Hellens International Import & Export - Asmara Eritrea.

Hellens International Import & Export - Asmara Eritrea.

Eagle International Import & Export - Asmara Eritrea.

Eagle International Import & Export - Asmara Eritrea.

 

Commercial bank of Eritrea - Asmara Eritrea.

Commercial bank of Eritrea - Asmara Eritrea.

 

Shops and apartments - Asmara Eritrea.

Shops and apartments - Asmara Eritrea.

Best wishes - Meskel 2005 (Simret Tekle).

Best wishes - Meskel 2005 (Simret Tekle).

 

 
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