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Asmara Eritrea May 15 2016 - Hello Asmara

 

At 3h20 AM we arrive at Asmara International Airport. The Turkish Airlines plane arrived a few minutes earlier. The passengers of the two planes are separated in two times two queues for the passport and visa check that is now fully computerized. After 30 minutes I have my entry stamp. Computer says YES without any hesitation. I proceed to the luggage belts. One for Turkish and one for EgyptAir. Patiently I walk up and down the belts to wait for my clearly tagged suitcases to pass by. When almost all passengers left with their luggage, I realize that mine must been been left behind in Cairo. And it looks like I am not the only victim. Unhappy passengers search the left overs, that must be the luggage of passengers arriving 24 hours before.

I fill the baggage irregularity form, and realize it would have been smart to make a picture of the suitcases in Amsterdam, showing exact brand, color and material. I will have to check tomorrows EgyptAir flight.

At the small Himbol exchange counter I change 100 euro's into 1708 Nakfa's to have some money for the very expensive taxi's waiting outside. My 2014 left over Nakfa's were worthless after December 2015, as Eritrea issued its new currency and recalled all outstanding Nakfa currency to eliminate the profits and 'business' of criminals and subversive entities, like human traffickers and the Woyane regime (Eritrean nickname for Ethiopia). My Nakfa's found their way to Eritrea thanks to my network, and ended in the pockets of the poor in Asmara, who were happy with the gifts.

I leave the airport compound with my cabin luggage only, that contains all the necessities, including 24 batteries for my camera's, notebook travel plans, and all other essentials to survive my three weeks stay in Eritrea. The rucksack is not worth the luggage check. Guess the airport staff wants to go home as well.

I am surprised to meet Dawid at the gate to pick me up at the airport. With no luggage I could have walked to the center of Asmara, but another problem arises: The Egyptian food from the plane or the hotel must have contained bacteria unfamiliar to my body. Fortunately the 'essentials' in my rucksack include basic medicine to kill them. I sleep for some hours, but as always I am too excited to go out and smell Asmara.

Dawid hands me the key to the gate, so I am free to go in and out any time. First to visit is Freweini and Haile and their kids Michael, Yodith, Yerusalem, and Josief who live in a small house behind the Cinema Asmara. They find me an invitation for this evenings drama performances in Cinema Asmara.

I stroll the center of Asmara, handing out some of the October 2014 pictures and enjoying the atmosphere of recognition and feeling at home. At the PTZM bus station I have some rest and chat a while with the PTZM staff.

At 2 PM I return to the house to have a shower and some sleep, so I will feel okay during the evening shows.

The entry card for Cinema Asmara is not necessary. "Welcome my friend!" The men at the entrance know me from previous visits to Eritrea in the Independence Day time span. I am one of the first to enter the cinema anyway. The invitation reads 18h30, but the program starts at 19h15. It is a comical drama in Tigrinya. I do not understand the Tigrinya language, so I can only try to imagine what it is about. No problem to make some pictures. To prevent problems at the entrance I only carry my passport and a small camera.

After two hours the program is finished. I will try to have a good nights rest, hoping for an overnight recovery.

 

Kohayto Street - Cinema Roma area Asmara Eritrea.

Kohayto Street, my temporary residence - Cinema Roma area Asmara Eritrea.

Shawit, Dawid and the kids - Asmara Eritrea

Shawit, Dawid (my host) and their kids - Asmara Eritrea.

Total Fuel Station - Sematat Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Total Fuel Station - Sematat Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Yerusalem preparing injera - Asmara Eritrea

Yerusalem (my niece) preparing injera - Asmara Eritrea.

Asmara University Training Center - Asmara Eritrea

Asmara University Training Center - Asmara Eritrea.

Adulis Club Independence Day Banner - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea

Adulis Club Independence Day Banner - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Decorated Wikianos Supermarket - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Decorated Wikianos Supermarket - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Peter and Yordanos - Bar Selas Akordet Street Asmara Eritrea.

Peter and Yordanos - Bar Selas Akordet Street Asmara Eritrea.

Grain & spices market - Souk Asmara Eritrea.

Grain & spices market - Souk Asmara Eritrea.

PTZM busses Nda Mariam bus hub - Asmara Eritrea.

PTZM buses Nda Mariam bus hub - Asmara Eritrea.

PTZM King Long City bus Nda Mariam bus hub - Asmara Eritrea.

PTZM King Long City bus Nda Mariam bus hub - Asmara Eritrea.

Decorated Salem Fast Food  - Eritrea Square Asmara Eritrea.

Decorated Salem Fast Food  - Eritrea Square Asmara Eritrea.

PTZM staff - Mede Ertra bus station Asmara Eritrea.

PTZM staff - Mede Ertra bus station Asmara Eritrea.

Young driver and his sister - Kohayto Street Asmara Eritrea.

Young driver and his sister - Kohayto Street Asmara Eritrea.

Cinema Asmara - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea

Cinema Asmara (restaurant) - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.

Tigrinya Drama, Cinema Asmara - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea

Tigrinya drama - Cinema Asmara Asmara Eritrea.

Tigrinya Drama, Cinema Asmara - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea

Tigrinya drama - Cinema Asmara Asmara Eritrea.

Iluminated Harnet Avenue - Asmara Eritrea

Iluminated Harnet Avenue - Asmara Eritrea.

Iluminated Sematat Avenue - Asmara Eritrea

Iluminated Sematat Avenue - Asmara Eritrea.

 


 

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