Incidents in Asmara: The real-estate agent
Lately it happened to me that, while waiting for a friend to have some „injera“ together, a man approached me asking how I am, where I am from and if I need an apartment or House in Asmara. This happens several times a day and I have already figured that without the eye-contact (e.g. having sunglasses) people are less likely to talk to your (which is important to know for the occasions you are in a hurry to reach a bathroom or feel bad or whatever). But this time I was open to talk as my friend was not coming (see last Blog entry on having NO cell-phone in Asmara). He invited me for eating injera together and after having figured that I will have to either eat alone home or with wait until dawn on the road, I followed him inside the “Blue Nile” (formerly the Blue Bird, Asmara’s number one Restaurant with a long history of music, love and mainly food). He told me he is a real-estate agent and his friend – non English-speaking fellow who reminded me of the late James Brown – a lawyer: “two jobs that go good together.” We had a little chat about the houses in Asmara (the Art Deco which unfortunately is in strong decay due to a lack of funds) and since my lunch-break is only 45 Minutes and I was outside the corner of the city where my apartment and the embassy is, I took only a Coffee. More people joined the round and the whole lively room was so crowded as people ate their injera or Pizza that I became hungry. As I was leaving to catch some snack at home before going back to work (I really couldn’t wait until they prepare a whole injera since I spend most of my lunch-break waiting on the roadside) I got my wallet to pay. But the nice Eritreans invited me for the Coffee because I am a visitor of the country and this is just “how we do it here.” He gave me his card in case anybody of my friends needs a nice Italian-style Villa in Asmara and I promised to tell him if so. Anybody interested?