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Asmara Eritrea - September 30th 2005

 

There is no program for today (only for the evening), so I decide I will make a long walk through Asmara, passing Tiravolo (visiting friends), Gegeret, The Ministry of Information and Mai Temenai.

The climb uphill to the Ministry of Information (the promise was a nice view over Asmara) is a bit disappointing. The climb is very steep, it is forbidden to make photo's, and there is nothing worth to make a picture.

Mai Temenai also is not interesting for a tourist point of view, but I have some friends over there, living in one of the recently built houses. I guess it is a good excuse to wander through this area, for the sake of having been here.

In the house of Freweini & Haile many relatives are gathered to help with the preparations for the wedding, tomorrow and Sunday. Women preparing food and plaiting each others hair, the men working on the tent I have some cups of tea .

In the Afrika Garage I meet Sammy to drink some tea. He gives me an update on the new tourist facilities in Asmara. "You want me to bring you there? No problem."

On the market I buy some oranges. I haven't got enough change to pay the 52.5 Nakfa. "You will pay me 2.5 Nakfa another day", the lady says, while could have changed one orange for a smaller one, to round the price to 50 Nakfa. I will do my best not to forget her stall.

In the evening I am invited for a buffet dinner with Mr. Solomon, chairman of the Eritrean Tourism Service-providers Association (ETSA) and manager of the Embasoira Hotel. The buffet dinner (with life music) is an every Friday evening event, starting at 8 o' clock in the evening.

 

Expo Hotel (Tiravolo) Asmara.

Expo Hotel (Tiravolo) Asmara.

Bologna Hotel (Tiravolo) Asmara.

Bologna Hotel (Tiravolo) Asmara.

Bar - Gejeret Asmara.

Bar - Gejeret Asmara.

Nakfa House - Asmara Eritrea.

Nakfa House - Asmara Eritrea.

IRGA Building - Asmara Eritrea.

IRGA Building - Asmara Eritrea.

Residential buildings - Mai Temenai Asmara Eritrea.

Residential buildings - Mai Temenai Asmara Eritrea.

Apartments & offices - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Palazzo Falletta (apartments & offices) - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Catholic Cathedral - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Catholic Cathedral - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Plaiting the hair before the wedding - Asmara Eritrea.

Plaiting the hair before the wedding - Asmara Eritrea.

Restaurant Marosso - Asmara Eritrea.

Restaurant Marosso - Asmara Eritrea.

 

 
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