Train from asmara to massawa
Early this year, i travelled to Eritrea, a lovely country on the red sea. I took a fantastic train trip from the capital city of asmara down to the coastal town of Massawa. The train is an old one from the italian erra, the eritreans have maintained the trains very well. The trip took me around wonderful hills and villages.
Countryside life in Asmara
Right outside Asmara center is the life different. Solid concrete buildings are replaced with more simple construction material, like stone. Almost no high buildings. Only the main streets have asphalt paving. It's a countryside life with happy children is playing in around the houses.
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Another bizarre sight along the same lines is this giant statue of a pair of sandals in the middle of a major crossroads.
These sandals were worn by the Eritrean freedom fighters, and are still very common among the poor.
Appearently there is a tradition in Eritrea of keeping the shoes of the dead to remind the living of them, and this monument commemorates those killed in the fighting in that tradition.
Art of a different sort
Revolutionary-style murals are also a feature of Asmara, fortunately not obscuring the more tasteful art. They depict typically socialist themes like heroic freedom fighters, rural folks being uplifted from their misery and the like. Their style reflects the style of the current governance of the country better than all the colonial beauties...
Roaming the backstreets
Asmara is an excellent place to wander around aimlessly. The area south of Harnet Avenue was the old European quarter, and is particularly likely to reward walkers with pleasant vistas of quiant streets and fine old residential buildings.
Look, WHAT else is roaming the backstreets...
If the architecture alone isn't enough to remind you of old Italy, there are the cars, too!
Cute oldies like this little Fiat 600 are still proudly roaming the streets of Asmara.
Watch out for the details!
Some old houses, like this one, are decorated with beautiful murals, ironworak, and mansonry. If you keep your eyes open, you will find plenty of interesting buildings not listed in guidebooks.
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