Asmara Eritrea - November 18th 2006
When I visit the house of Freweini and
Haile, I receive the good news that I became a grandfather for the third
time. Mebrat's daughter gave birth to a boy yesterday evening. We
celebrate this happy occasion. I temporarily have to give up my diet.
There is ga'aat (a traditional poridge), coffee, araki and bread with
fresh honey, which is regarded as a general medicine here in Eritrea.
I deliver the last letters in various
places in Asmara, accompanied by Yodith as a guide. When we visit the
family, two boys further accompany me to the market to find the last
person. At one of the stalls I get a handfull of Ko'olo, a roasted grain.
It is too much for me, and I store it in one of the empty envelopes.
When I pass the chicken and egg market, I
do not want to frighten the ladies with my camera. I am afraid the panic
will damage any basket with raw eggs. Instead of picturing them, I share
the Ko'olo with them. The gesture is appreciated. And the result is that
one of the women agrees to make her picture. But I have to promise the
lady I will bring her her picture, when I will visit Eritrea in May 2007.
On the Medeber markets I visit the
workshops to give the girls their pictures, as promised a few months ago.
And making many new ones is no problem. When I enter one of the workshops,
I notice that even Fred
Siwak's butterfly is still hanging inside one of the workshops.
Sitting a a terrace of the Impero Bar in
Harnet Avenue, a train of cars, following a just married couple, are
passing, sounding their horns. They will return to the house of the bride,
where the wedding ceremony will resume with family, friends and neighbors.
The ride through Asmara is recorded on video be a cameraman standing on a
Finally I visit the Nda Mariam Orthodox
Church. I have heart there will be some kind of festival at the end of the
month. In the shade of the trees I try to get a confirmation of the exact
date of the celebrations. I will make sure it fits into my agenda. A handicapped
man sells agenda's, crosses and devotional pictures of the Holly Mary and
other Saints. I buy some of the 2007 agenda's as a souvenir.
Yodith and her girlfriend - Asmara
John and Dawit - Asmara Eritrea.
Old woman selling grain - Eritrea
Square Asmara Eritrea.
Woman selling eggs and chicken -
Barentu Street Asmara Eritrea.
Woman selling vegetables - Eritrea
Square Asmara Eritrea.
Workers - Medeber markets Asmara
Worker - Medeber markets Asmara
Anatomy of the human body -
Elementary School - Asmara Eritrea.
Original Nda Mariam Church -
Nda Mariam Orthodox Cathedral -