A June 2005 trip
to Eritrea by nomadnancy
Quote: This unknown country in northeast Africa is a forgotten utopia that my husband and I have fallen in love with over and over...
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.
Definitely drink a cappuccino in an outdoor café - the colonizing Italians have left their mark and an excellent cup of coffee! If you are invited to take part in a traditional Eritrean coffee ceremony, do it! The coffee is amazing and the ceremony is beautiful.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2005
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 palace of Hallie Selassie (his furniture is still inside the structure - look through the window on the second floor).
We ended up taking a boat to Green Island and trying to cool off on the small spit of land that has a small beach. It was no doubt a beautiful city at one point, but poverty has taken its toll.
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