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Estate of a deceased, Asmara - Asmara

Estate of a deceased, Asmara

Shuk Marked: Shuk flea marked

This isn't actual what tourists are looking for... Used clothes and other belongings from the estate of deceased persons. It's sold for a very cheap price so the poorest people can buy clothes.

Bruma flea market in Johannesburg, S-Africa is small compared to this marked.

Theme: Men's Clothes

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2009
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Vegetables and fruits, Asmara - Asmara

Vegetables and fruits, Asmara

Shuk marked: Vegetables and fruits

The Eritreans sell their vegetables and fruits on the markets.

Theme: Food and Drink

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2009
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Buying spice in Asmara - Asmara

Buying spice in Asmara

Shuk marked: Buying spice in Asmara

The Eritreans like their food spicy. You can buy different kind of spice at the markets, like the big market "Shuk".

Theme: Food and Drink

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2009
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Buy a living animal, Asmara - Asmara

Buy a living animal, Asmara

Shuk marked: Buy a living animal

You can buy a living animals at the markets in Asmara.

What to pay: 120 Nakfa for a hen and 600 Nakfa for a goat

Directions: Shuk market, the big market in Asmara

Theme: Food and Drink

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2009
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Eritrean hand-made craft - Asmara

Eritrean hand-made craft

Asmara markets: Eritrean hand-made craft

The Eritreans are skillful workers. Lovely hand-made craft can by bought at the local markets.

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2009
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Eritrean souvenirs - Asmara
Asmara airport shopping: Eritrean souvenirs

Local craft and souvenirs can be bought on the streets or at the market in Asmara. Souvenirs are not cheap in Eritrea. Expect the prices to be higher here than f.ex Ethiopia.

The photos here are taken at the souvenir shop in Asmara airport.

Theme: Gifts

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2009
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The cheap plastic sandal, Asmara - Asmara

The cheap plastic sandal, Asmara

"Shida", the cheap plastic sandal

"Shida" is the Arabic word for sandals. It is a cheap plastic sandal. But it has a great symbolic value for the Eritreans. It was the footwear that EPLF fighters wore in their 30 years struggle to liberate Eritrea from Ethiopia. Tha sandals were inexpensive, easy to repair by melting the material together, and allowed air to circulate around the feet.

The Eritreans said: "While the Ethiopians got tired, walking many miles in their heavy boots, getting perspiring feet, our fighters had the power of endurance and mobility in their airy sandals".

I got a pair of the sandals as a present when I was in Asmara. And I tried to use them, but they were not too convenient for my feet.

Theme: Shoes

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 21, 2009
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