Eritrea Journals

Beautiful Eritrea

A June 2005 trip to Eritrea by nomadnancy

Market Ladies Photo, Eritrea, Africa More Photos
Quote: This unknown country in northeast Africa is a forgotten utopia that my husband and I have fallen in love with over and over...

Beautiful Eritrea

Overview

Market Ladies Photo, Eritrea, Africa
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The people are the friendliest and honest ones I have ever met. The warning to hold on to your money in Africa does not apply here. I once dropped a handful of bills and all traffic stopped to help me gather the money - it was all there, PLUS an extra three nakfa! The Eritrean coffee ceremony is amazing – they serve excellent coffee (although guests are expected to drink at least seven cups), and it leaves you feeling very energized for many hours. Never mind the language barrier. The people are friendly and will try their hand at Italian, a leftover from their colonizers. Quick Tips: Get nakfa notes before coming if possible, or you will be charged quite a bit in exchange fees. ...Read More

Selam Hotel

Hotel

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The hotel has definitely seen better days but its beuatiful Italian architecture is still evident. The rooms are threadbare but clean, and the breakfast offering is decent.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2005

On the bus Photo, Eritrea, Africa
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We took a local bus for 6 hours to Massawa, the closest Red Sea port. The bus ride started pleasantly enough (and only cost about $1.50), with the cool temperatures of Asmara (at 7,500 feet), but as we descended to sea level, it got hotter than I would have thought possible! The heat in the desert was about 105°F and seems unbearable, especially from March to September. Once we arrived in Massawa, we found one of the largest populated ghost towns I have seen! The steamy streets were deserted, and we walked down the middle of large roads built by Italian colonizers 75 years ago, marvelling at the beautiful architecture. We wandered through the old Turkish parts of Massawa and the bombed-out pal...Read More

About the Writer

nomadnancy

nomadnancy
Kalutara, Sri Lanka