Keren Eritrea (Keren Lalay) - November 27 2007
I start my hike, following the
Keren - Agordat track of the railway at the path to Keren Lalay. The first
two kilometers give plenty of hints: rails planted vertically, sleepers
that are used as fences, even a signpost survived more then forty years of
When leaving the town, the
railway track is hidden under farmland, and I have to give up my original
plan, after circling for half an hour to pick up the railway track again.
I choose the asphalt road
instead, passing the British war cemetery and a statue of a Madonna on top
of a Roman pillar. I follow the road for an hour, descending the Keren
plateau, enjoying the rough landscape of the Dongolas Gorge with
its rocky, gnarled mountainsides.
After following the road for
an hour, I turn back, uphill. A truck driver offers me a ride, standing on
the ladder behind the cabin. My feet have some rest, but to hold tight to
the truck is more tiresome then walking uphill, so I resume my hike on
At the checkpoint the military
make a friendly inquiry about my walk, checking my travel permit. I guess
they want to confirm that I am a true tourist. I share my chewing gum and
today's travel story with them. When I point at my belly, they are
convinced that I need this daily exercise.
In Ghenet's tea bar next to
the Hollywood hotel I have some rest and a few cups of tea. I have lunch in the Kidane
Asgedom Bar and Fast-food Restaurant. A spicy scrambled omelet with some
In the afternoon, I visit the
shrine of Mariam Dearit, with Mebrat, keeping a promise. Under the trees
in front of the chapel, a woman invites to join her coffee ceremony and
eat some injera.
Railway shed - Keren Eritrea.
Tank grave yard - Keren
Lonely signal post of former
railway line - Keren
Scattered houses - Keren
Hollywood hotel - Keren
Minibus terminal - Keren
Traditional houses - Keren
Road to Agordat - Keren
Keren war cemetery (British
Army) - Keren
Maria statue - Road to
Rough landscape of the
Dongolas Gorge - Road to Agordat Eritrea.