Keren Eritrea - October 3rd 2005
In the bus to Keren I sit next
to a teacher for the Hagaz Technical School. I I ever visit Hagaz, I HAVE
to visit their technical school. There is a tea break in Baluwa. In
front of the three restaurants, around a giant stone, is a small market.
Children are selling foul (peanuts) and atar (roasted chick peas). The
roots of a tree on the other side of the road serve to create a small
stall where a woman is selling beles (cactus fruits).
In Keren I am happy to meet
Elen and her daughters Hidat and Rahel in their bar restaurant Stuttgart.
I drink some mineral water and start my walk to Mariam Dearit. From a distance
I see a monk walking to a dwelling at the back of the orchard. It is the
director of this holy place. When I walk back to Keren, he invites me to
join him in his Toyota pickup. I tell
him of this and last years visits to the shrine and the miracle I
witnessed. "You have to write about it", he suggests.
During their lunch break, I
visit Hansu and Afworki. We drink tea and eat some bread. Hansu starts
preparing the room for me. I tell her I will not stay, unless I will not
catch a bus back to Asmara. "You will find a bus, but you are welcome
to stay in our house. Our house is your house, you know that."
After my visit to Hansu and
Afworki, I deliver some packages and I
do my best to find the people I pictured during my previous visit, to give
them their copies. The gesture is appreciated.
When I pass the Keren grain
market, a lady asks me to drink tea with her.
My mission in Keren is finished, so I join her and two men that drink tea.
When I leave the market and walk in the direction of some workshops, I
observe a very modest bar and decide to enter it. It belongs to the same
lady that invited me for tea. God must have guided me to this place. I
drink two more cups of tea. No pictures please.
I spend the rest of the
afternoon walking through the streets around the market. At 4 o'clock in
the afternoon I return to the bus station. No problem to find a bus to
Children selling atar
(roasted peas) and foul (peanuts).
Tea break at Baluwa (road to Keren) Eritrea.
Women selling beles (cactus
fruits) - Adi Teclezan Eritrea.
Giro Fiori Square - Keren Eritrea.
Muslim boy - Keren Eritrea.
Entrance to the compound of
Mariam Dearit - Keren Eritrea.
Landscape - Keren Eritrea.
us!)". Children going to school - Keren Eritrea.
Market - Keren Eritrea.
Yohanna - Keren Eritrea.
St. Antonio Catholic Church
- Keren Eritrea.