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November - December 2007
Walking through Eritrea

 

November - December 2007
Walking through Eritrea

 

 

 

Mai Sirwa Eritrea - December 04 2007

 

Today's destination is Mai Sirwa. Mai Sirwa is a small oasis of trees on the Asmara plateau fed by a a lake behind a dam. The Mai Sirwa Restaurant and Recreation Center at the lakeside is a popular place for weddings, conferences, and seminars.

Mai Sirwa is also a popular place for bird watching, as the lake and the surrounding trees and vegetation attract many birds, especially Egyptian gooses and speckled pigeons and mousebirds.

It's a 10 kilometers hike starting on the road to Keren, at Mai Temenai. I pause for a few minutes at the Kidane Mehret Church of Mai Temenai, with its beautiful decorated gate. After the church one passes a small livestock market, where sheep and goats are sold.

Just after the village  of Adi Abeito, I turn to the left (you will pass serveral signs indicating the road to Mai Sirwa). From Adi Abeito, it is a three kilometers, half an hour walk to Mai Sirwa.

When coming closer, a small forest indicates that there is plenty of water to be found at this place. Two giant horns mark the entrance of the Mai Sirwa Recreation Center. A Giant jebena, a coffee pot that is used to boil coffee, adorns the bar and restaurant that is surrounded by bougainvillea, flowers and banana trees.

I follow the path to the dam, but when I see the sign "It is not allowed to come close to the dam", I turn back, to prevent any engagements with soldiers guarding this place. I take some rest in front of the restaurant, drinking two bottles of mineral water, enjoying the peaceful surroundings, and listening to the chatting staff.

Back in Adi Abeito, I take the number 3 bus back to Asmara. As a result of the many walks, my rucksack is starting to disintegrate. So I visit the tailor in Asmara that helped me before to make some souvenirs and repaired or shortened my trousers. For a few Nakfa's he replaces the broken parts.

 

Kidane Mehret Orthodox Church - Mai Temenai Asmara Eritrea.

Kidane Mehret Orthodox Church - Mai Temenai Asmara Eritrea.

Kidane Mehret Orthodox Church - Mai Temenai Asmara Eritrea.

Kidane Mehret Orthodox Church - Mai Temenai Asmara Eritrea.

The road to Mai Sirwa - forking from the road to Keren Eritrea.

The road to Mai Sirwa - forking from the road to Keren Eritrea.

Entrance of the Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Entrance of the Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Giant Jebena - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Giant Jebena - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Wall decorations - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Wall decorations - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Water reservoir - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Water reservoir - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Dam - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Dam - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Water reservoir - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

Water reservoir - Mai Sirwa Recreation Center.

 

 
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