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November and December 2006
 

 

Asmara Eritrea - December 9th 2006

 

Today is the last day of my three weeks visit to Eritrea. I spend the day to visit friends and the family of my wife. To say goodbye and to collect the many letters and small bags with berbere, shiro, ko' olo and other small gifts. I buy the last souvenirs for Mebrat and myself (mainly araki) and collect the return cargo in the tailors shop and the grain market.

Starting from 16:00 there will be a feast in the house of Zewdi and Gebrehiwot, to celebrate Miriam's first birthday. The first birthday of a baby is celebrated as a very special event in Eritrea. Selam, Luwam and Gabriela started their preparations some days ago, buying all kinds of materials to make the confetti themselves, and arranging banners and a birthday cake.

I make sure my bags are packed, locked and labeled, and all forms for check-in and customs procedures at Asmara International Airport are available. Ticket, passport, 20 dollars for the airport tax, currency declaration form and exchange receipts, and the passengers declaration form for electronic devices (an immigration card should be filled in at the airport) .

The late afternoon and the evening we enjoy the company of family and friends. The living room is decorated with banners and balloons. There is a wide selection of both traditional food, rice and pasta. And of course there is a birthday cake, made for the occasion, decorated with text "Happy Birthday Miriam Mengis - 1st Year" and one candle.  

  

Former Piazza Italia - Keren Street Asmara Eritrea.

Former Piazza Italia - Keren Street Asmara Eritrea.

Regional government buildings - Ertrawit Ade Asmara Eritrea.

Regional government buildings - Ertrawit Ade Asmara Eritrea.

Regional government buildings - Ertrawit Ade Asmara Eritrea.

Regional government buildings - Ertrawit Ade Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Celebration of the 1st birthday of Miriam Mengis - Asmara Eritrea.

Tigrinya seasons greeting - Artist Elsa Yacob P.O. Box 12656 Asmara Eritrea.

Tigrinya seasons greeting
 Design: Elsa Yacob P.O. Box 12656 Asmara Eritrea.

 

 
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