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May 2008 - Celebrating Eritrea's 17th Independence Day
 
 

 

From Keren to Asmara - June 2 2008

 

After a kitcha and tea breakfast, I visit the Monday market with Hansu, to buy some stuff for my Eritrean wife in Holland: hair oil, fresh peanuts and more typical Eritrean food.

At the bus station the line of passengers for the bus to Asmara is alarmining. A queue of bags, stones, textile patches, and more form a virtual row. Each item represents a traveler.

I leave my rucksack at the end of the queue and with Hansu I try to find a solution for the threatening delay. There is no way to change my position in the line of waiting people, but there is a small Toyota mini bus, offering a ride to Asmara for 80 Nakfa.

But the bus is empty, and how long will it take to find 14 passengers that are willing to pay a 250% surcharge for the trip to Asmara? But a seat in front  is a perfect place to get in and out at the checkpoints. It takes less then 30 minutes to get every seat occupied.

Just after 12:00 we arrive in Asmara that feels comfortably cool. In the Cathedral Snack Bar I have lunch. In the house of Gebrehiwot and Zewdi I have a bath and change clothes.

With some Omo washing-powder and a bucket I start cleaning my cloths, but Zewdi insists that this is not the work of a guest, and hands my work to Gabriela, the maid of the family.

I spend the rest of they day walking, and enjoying fruit juices, cappuccino's and pasty. I also visit the tailor to have my trousers fixed and family of my wife. In Terhas' Pizzeria Eritrea I have a medium pizza number 10.

Back in Gebrehiwots house, he suggests we should make a short evening walk. The walk coincidentally passes one of Gebrehiwot's favorite bars, where we have some araki's with friends of Gebrehiwot, so the walk takes a little more time than planned.

 

Bus station - Keren Eritrea.

Bus station - Keren Eritrea.

The road from Keren to Asmara.

The road from Keren to Asmara.

The road from Keren to Asmara.

The road from Keren to Asmara.

The landscape between Keren to Asmara.

The landscape between Keren to Asmara.

The landscape between Keren to Asmara.

The landscape between Keren to Asmara.

The Keren bus station in Asmara.

The Keren bus station in Asmara.

Keren Hotel - Asmara Eritrea.

Keren Hotel - Asmara Eritrea.

The taylor fixing my trousers - Asmara Eritrea.

The taylor fixing my trousers - Asmara Eritrea.

Cinema Asmara - Asmara Eritrea.

Cinema Asmara - Asmara Eritrea.

Yodit's coffee ceremony - Asmara Eritrea.

Yodit's coffee ceremony - Asmara Eritrea.

 
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