Asmara Eritrea June 01 2016 - Walking
Today I will check our
information page about the Asmara travel agents. Natsuno told me that
Young Pioneer Tours sent out e-mails to all travel agents, and only one
responded. E-mail communication with Eritrea is not easy. Slow internet and
frequent spammming are the two causes for disappointing communication.
Another is the sometimes rude communication of the sender. If you are really interested
doing business, than check the name of the manager. If you start with just
"Hello" or "Dear Asmera Team", there is a good chance
you will not pass the spam filters. Hello, nor Team are a Tigrinya name.
Oasis Travel Agency data is
okay, but their office is very close to the Cinema Roma, and they may have a
tour one of these days. Hope I can join. "We have a surprise for
you" Adiam says. "On Friday you will join us for a tour to
Kohayto". Still they have a copy of my passport & visa, so Oasis
will get me a travel permit for Friday. Adiam is happy with the Oasis
banner on the home pages of our information pages. Therefore the tour is a
gift. "Come to our office at 8 AM the day after tomorrow, we will prepare the
paperwork." What a fantastic start of the day!
From the house I have called
the other travel agents, to check if they are still alive. They all are, so
I will visit them one by one. It takes some time to visit them all, as
their offices are not always easy to find. In my search for Erinine I
start at the San Francesco Church, asking people for the directions. Most
of the people don't know. Some
direct me to another travel agency (there are many smaller travel agents
Than I meet a brilliant guy.
"Do you have their telephone number?" Of course I have. He calls
the Erinine office. The staff gives more specific directions, near the Bar
Gegeret. I do not know of any Bar Gegeret, but the man that made the phone
call knows. "But it is far, we will take my car." The office is
a five or six blocks blocks from the San Francisco Church. It is a
short ride, but nevertheless I feel guilty. I ask him what I shall pay.
"Nothing!" is the answer. I want to offer him a beer in Bar
Gegeret, but he refuses.
The Erinine office is a modern
and neat office. They offer all tour facilities and they have their own
boat (in Massawa) for trips to the Dahlak Islands, just like Oasis Travel
Agency. We exchange contact data and I receive brochures of the Ministry
Last travel agent to visit
before noon is Explore Eritrea. Explore Eritrea is also a very experienced
travel agent offering tours to all the major touristic places. The have a
modern office just behind Harnet Avenue. They offer me tea, and we have a
short chat. The manager remembers me from previous visits.
After a small lunch (cheese
cake at Bbrssy Donut House. I love it!) and a large fresh fruit juice at
Salim Fast Food at the Eritrea Square bus terminal, I do the other travel
agents. One of them tells me they will prepare their web site when
business is profitable again. Unfortunately they are not aware of the fact
that their presence on the world wide web will generate business. But I am
not in the position to convince them.
When I think the day is
finished, I meet Haile who invited me to the May 23 2009 Independence Day
party in the Berhe Aiba hotel. Haile invites my to drink coffee in The
Mask Place with his sister Woyni and her friend Tu' um, who came from
London to celebrate Eritrea's Independence Day.
Woyni is half Ethiopian, and
not amused by my 'Chifta Woyane' expression for Ethiopia. "We are One
People" she says. I ask her when these One People will make peace.
She estimates peace will come in five years or so. Let us hope it will come
true. Eritrea is now suffering triple: The 'no war, no peace' situation with
Ethiopia, the UN sanctions, and the worldwide ongoing economic crisis.
And the people of Eritrea is suffering and escaping the country because
the 'situation' is lasting too long.
Cinema Asmara - Beleza Street Asmara Eritrea.
Cinema Dante - Asmara Eritrea.
Synagogue - 176-21 Street Asmara Eritrea.
Damera Bar - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
PTZM midi bus -
Eritrea Square Asmara Eritrea.
SABA Building - Warsay Street Asmara Eritrea.
Villa - Warsay Street Asmara Eritrea.
Asmara Public Library - 194-4 Street Asmara Eritrea.
Mebratu City Center Snack Bar - Asmara Eritrea.
BINI - 175-11 Street Asmara Eritrea.
Tu'um, Woyni and Haile - The Mask Place Asmara