Asmara Eritrea - November 20th 2006
Today my travel permit will be finished. In the
morning I visit the Ministry of Tourism (for the approval to enter Afabet
village and its surroundings) and
with the letter of recommendation of the ministry and instructions for the
administration of Afabet, I visit the Tourism Service Center on the other
side of Harnet Avenue to fill the necessary forms.
The permit to travel will be ready at the end of the day.
So I spend the rest of the day visiting family, walking
through Asmara and describing the two walking tours very accurate, so they
will be available for others on their first visit to Asmara. In the
previous years I observed the beauty of Asmara, with its magnificent
architectural heritage in an almost random order. If you have a lot of
time, and the energy to walk, you will eventually visit all of Asmara's
built environment. Today I will make a start to see Asmara in an efficient
way and a brief description..
I am not in a hurry, so I spend some time
around the Saint Michael Church on Biet Mekae
hill in Tseserat. A service has just started. I take off my shoes and I enter the
church to join the praying priests. When they see me, they give me short
welcoming smile. One of them hands me a wooden mace to
lean on, just like they do, while I listen to their monotone prayers and drumbeat.
Walking through Asmara, it is clear that
the Eritrean government is preparing for the future: the construction of
complete new suburbs, including new infrastructure, wide four lane asphalt
roads, the construction of a sewerage network, and other public works dominate the area on the west side of
Asmara. Many of the projects are carried out with the assistance of Chinese contractors.
In the late afternoon I collect my travel
permit. It has a lot of coded validation stamps in red ink on it. It must
have passed a lot of checks. In a stationary I make some copies to leave
at the various checkpoints, for efficient handling and as a backup in case
the original will be lost. Tomorrow I can start my tour through
Eritrea, starting with a visit to friends in a small village south of
Mereb Street Asmara Eritrea.
St. Michael Church - Biet Mekae
hill - Tseserat Asmara Eritrea.
St. Michael Church (interior) -
Tseserat Asmara Eritrea.
Former Alfa Romeo Head
Office - 177-1 Street Asmara Eritrea.
Silver smiths shop window - Adi
Hawesha Street Asmara Eritrea.
Agnese Pension - Villa
Quarter Asmara Eritrea.
Bus station (local busses) -
Eritrea Square Asmara.
Kulafa Al Rashidin Mosque - Selam
Shops and apartments - Harnet
Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Cinema Impero - Harnet Avenue