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May 2008 - Celebrating Eritrea's 17th Independence Day
 
 

 

Asmara Eritrea - June 5 2008

 

Today I will do another of the suggested walks: Adi Hawsha - Tselot - Asmara. The first instruction reads: "Take a bus to Adi Hawsha on the Dekemhare road and get off at the 14 km area".

Early in the morning I walk to the Northern bus station where the buses to Dekemhare, Senafe and similar directions wait for their passengers. When I arrive at the bus station, I observe that "where the passengers wait for the buses" is a better description.

Although I am very early, there is a queue of at least 200 people waiting for the Dekemhare buses still to come.

I park my yellow plastic Logica bag in the virtual queue of bags, stones and other personal items. Patiently I wait, hoping for a miracle. Every once and a while people make a run on a private bus, but most of the time without success.

After two hours watching, I decided that this is not a good start for the 14 kilometers walk. If I have to wait three or four hours for the bus to Dekemhare, I might just as well walk from Asmara to Adi Hawsha (and back via Tselot).

Tomorrow I will try it again, starting from Bloko Godaif, where small Toyota buses will serve the villages surrounding Asmara on the road to Dekemhare and the road to Mendefera.

I spend the rest of the day visiting the Medeber markets in the morning and visiting family in the afternoon.

 

Spices grindery - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Spices grindery - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Workshop - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Workshop - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Young girl selling spices - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Young girl selling spices - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Women selling spices - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Women selling spices - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Entrance - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Entrance - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Young girl selling spices - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Young girl selling spices - Medeber markets Asmara Eritrea.

Scenic view - Medeber Asmara Eritrea.

Scenic view - Medeber Asmara Eritrea.

Piece of furniture for traditional coffee ceremony - Asmara Eritrea.

Piece of furniture for traditional coffee ceremony - Asmara Eritrea.

Small scale trade on the sidewalk of Harnet Avenue Asmara.

Small scale trade on the sidewalk of Harnet Avenue Asmara.

Rimon Garden (Bar and Fast food Restaurant) - Asmara Eritrea.

Rimon Garden (Bar and Fast food Restaurant) - Asmara Eritrea.

 
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