Asmara Eritrea - February 07 2017
Today I will have some rest,
which means I will just walk the streets of Asmara and bring the last
gifts to the various offices and people who assisted me in May 2016,
especially Oasis Travel. They invited me to join them to Keren and Kohaito
in 2016. Adiam introduces me to the current Oasis team, who are all in the
office today: Yirgalem and Aster (ticketing), Saba (tour operator) Tecle
(driver) and Filmon (accountant). Adiam wants me to meet Dawit Berhane,
who is a freelance guide and organizes hikes
in the Asmara area:
"Guiding for me has
been a great experience - I really love the opportunity to meet people and
show them the wonders of my home country. We can take some wonderful walks
near to Asmara and I can show you the best nature and wild-life experience
- with the chance to see birds, landscapes, primates, reptiles and local
architecture. I will make your tour special for you and your interests and
leave you with beautiful memories of Asmara."
Eritrea is a wonderful birdwatching
destination. Eritrea hosts an abundance of
birdlife with its varied habitats, some resident year-round, others
seasonal. More then 500 species have been identified, including the rare
blue saw-wing. Dawit knows the trails and pathways to spot them. He hands
me his flyer. I promiss to add it to our Eritrrean information pages.
I am very happy to meet Dawit.
I met him years ago when he was accompanying an artist at an exhibition.
Dawit speaks pecfect English and he can organise a tailor made hike
(more than 20 possible destinations). I only have to specify my wishes (I
chose the landscapes, because my eyes are not made for bird watching, and
I am a bit afraid to hike into the mountains alone, as I do not know the
directions. Dawit will prepare a hike with me tomorrow, on my request, as
my agenda is still empty. We agree on the price and we will meet at the
Oasis office at 8:00.
The afternoon is for the
visits to travel agents, hotels and restaurants for price updates.
Alla Scala Hotel -
Warsay Steet Asmara Eritrea.
Bus stop - Warsay Street
Damera Pension Bar and Pastry - Harnet Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Top Five Hotel - Marsa
Teklay Avenue Asmara Eritrea.
Sunshine Hotel - BDHO Avenue
Ararat Bar and Restaurant - Ringroad Asmara Eritrea.