Asmara - November 17 2009
In the morning I deliver the
last two packages. I received a vague address in the Bologna Hotel area,
when I call the telephone number on the package.
With a lot of help of a boy on
his way to school (he even uses his mobile phone to verify the address), I
find the house of Zaid. Zaid helps me by calling the number on the second
package. She will keep it in her house. They will collect it there, so it
will not take my time.
The stage of the Bahti
Meskerem Square is covered by at least 100 yellow taxi vehicles. They have
a meeting about new taxi regulations.
After lunch I visit the
Medeber markets and workshops. Last times pictures cause a lot of
hilarity. Girls are showing them to their colleagues. "Where are my
pictures?" some of them ask. I tell them they were not okay, and
therefore not printed. They are disappointed.
A male worker likes my
interaction with the employees and invites me to a guided tour into the
the workshops of his friends. More and easy pictures are the result,
although some elderly people are a bit annoyed, pointing a warning finger
to me, obviously meaning "don't do this to me."
I share some chewing gum (mastika)
with the girls and 20 Nakfa with my guide so he can buy a drink.
Next destination is Bar Selas,
next to the shuq, a souvenir and household utensils market. I know the
owner for some years now, and I feel like returning to my family.
The other visitors ask me
where I come from. When I tell them I'm from Holland, they respond with
"wonderful country." I ask them what they think of Canada (the
Dutch partners in the first UNMEE mission). "No good football
players" is the answer.
For the Dutch teams they quote
some famous names: "Van Nistelrooy, Van Persie, Robben." The
Eritreans love football.
Meeting of the Asmara taxi
drivers - Asmara Eritrea.
Medeber markets - Medeber
Household utensils and grave
ornaments - Medeber Asmara Eritrea.
Women refining grains -
Medeber Asmara Eritrea.
Berbere store - Medeber
Spices mill - Medeber Asmara
Chili wholesale - Medeber
Akberet (Bar Selas) - Asmara
Souvenir market - Asmara
Spices and flour market -