Asmara Eritrea - May 25th 2007
In the morning I prepare for
tomorrow's trip to Keren, which means buying a large bottle of potable
water and loading my rucksack, including the travel permit and a few
copies of this paper, to leave at the checkpoints, to save time.
There is some appointments in
the Expo area and in offices in the center of Asmara to be kept. I drink cappuccino's
with some local businessmen. Linking them to my information pages will be
beneficial to the both of us, and Eritrea as a whole.
At the Himbol exchange bureau
I change some Euro notes into Nakfa to make sure there will not be any
financial problem (in case I have to return by taxi).
In the tailor's shop I collect
the teddy bear. Tesfai finished two small cloth. He is proud of the
result, and tells me it was not easy to make a shirt this small. I must
admit the print on the cloth looks better on a ladies dress, but it looks
good, as a souvenir.
Today is Naomi's birthday in
the afternoon and Luwam's birthday in the evening. I spend the rest of the
morning and the early afternoon in the center, looking for some nice
I take the number 12 bus from
Cinema Roma to Sembel and spend a few hours with Yordanos and Fessehaye
and the rest of the family, to celebrate the birthday of Naomi. We drink
coffee and a birthday cake is the center of the ceremony, that is recorded
on VHS (Fessehaye's profession is freelance cameraman).
In the evening I celebrate the
birthday of Luwam, alone, getting drunk in Bar Diana in Harnet Avenue.
Luwam is celebrating her birthday with her friends, outside the house.
One of the winners of the
sports competition - Asmara Eritrea.
Faghiena Recreation Center,
Restaurant and Bar - Expo Asmara Eritrea.
Mesfun (Real Estate and Brokerage) - Asmara Eritrea.
Sweet Asmara Caffe - Harnet
Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Decorated Himbol exchange
office - Bahti Meskerem Asmara Eritrea.
Tailor made clothes for
"is it a boy or a girl?".
Celebrating Naomi's second
birthday - Asmara Eritrea.
Rahwa and her one year old son - Asmara Eritrea.
Colorful shop decorations -
Red Sea Trading Corporation
by night - Asmara Eritrea.
Mussie, lady bartender Bar