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May 2008 - Celebrating Eritrea's 17th Independence Day
 
 

 

Muscha Eritrea - May 30 2008

 

The hike to Muscha *) was one of the highlight of my last visit to Eritrea. It is a two hour walk passing typical Eritrean villages and two river beds.

I will do it again this year to bring some pictures and small gifts to the family of the two sisters and their daughter Walid. I start early, before the heat at 7:30.

At 8:30 I pass the gate on the road to Afabet, to turn to the right immediately after the checkpoint. From the checkpoint it is a one hour walk to Muscha.

When I enter the village I meet Walid just by coincidence, on her way to school. It takes a few second to recognize each other. She is excited and so are Lettemariam and Kidane, the two sisters.

I am welcomed with lemon juice and hembesha. We drink coffee and eat ga'aat. All three women feed me. Although the yogurt does not fit my diet, I cannot refuse this typical Eritrean gesture, that means something like "We will take care of you, will you take care of us?"

I hand them last years pictures and we make more pictures. I also brought them paracetamol, pencils and a few hundred Nakfa. From now on I am their brother, and as proof of friendship I receive a colored bread basket.

Walid shows me her village, school and the church (as always on top of a hill) before I return to Keren. "Are you my brother now?" she asks. What a difficult question to answer for a Western World citizen, with a totally different perception of brothers and sisters.

Just after the checkpoint a priest of the catholic St. Michael church offers me a ride in his Toyota Hilux. Although I miss the last kilometers of my daily exercise, I cannot refuse the offer.

I a Muslim restaurant I have lunch. A bean dish, with tomatoes, onions, and bread. And lots of water.

Keren is covered by clouds and therefore pleasantly cool for a leisurely walk in the afternoon.

 

The Road from Keren to Muscha passing Faralebra.

The Road from Keren to Muscha passing Faralebra.

Scenic view - Muscha Eritrea.

Scenic view - Muscha Eritrea.

Lettemariam, Walid and Kidane - Muscha Eritrea.

Lettemariam, Walid and Kidane - Muscha Eritrea.

Walid - Muscha Eritrea.

Walid - Muscha Eritrea.

Part of the family - Muscha Eritrea.

Part of the family - Muscha Eritrea.

Scenic view - Muscha Eritrea.

Scenic view - Muscha Eritrea.

Scenic view - Muscha Eritrea.

Scenic view - Muscha Eritrea.

Scenic view - Faralebra Eritrea.

Scenic view - Faralebra Eritrea.

Kidane Asgedom Cafe - Keren Eritrea.

Kidane Asgedom Cafe - Keren Eritrea.

Nazret - Keren Eritrea.

Nazret - Keren Eritrea.

*) November 28 2007

 
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