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after reading this shortest post, i won't dare to post here.....

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Trying to see where my country is (Eritrea - the one with the flag :p) in a world map....

It is very close to Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti

So any members from those countries can arrange a RWG meeting this summer :group:


I live in ASMARA.. probably the capital of Eritrea :rolleyes:

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If there is a country that has ever deserved the overused titles like "hidden gem" or "overlooked jewel", Eritrea is it.

The mere name of this country along the Red Sea coast of East Africa tends to provoke blank looks from most people:


What... err... where is it, actually???"

History is partly to blame for sure. Under foreign occupation for centuries, Eritrea only appeared on the maps as an independent country in 1993, when its people have voted for leaving Ethiopia after decades of armed struggle. And ever since then, it has only hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

So that is why Eritrea is largely unknown to the World, but what makes it a gem?

First and foremost, its capital Asmara is the single most beautiful city in Africa, and an ethernal favourite of all those who have been there. Its history as an Italian colonial town has blessed it with an architectural legacy that would draw praise even in Europe. Beautiful buildings apart, the Italians have also left behind their impact on the local culture: cafeterias, pizzerias and fashionably dressed locals (including Africa's most beautiful women) make you feel far removed from the hectic, poverty-stricken and polluted cities of the rest of the continent. To further ensure a pleasant stay, Asmara's climate is as pleasant as it gets, with cool, dry, sunny weather throughout the year.

Wishing for something more exotic?

Asmara may feel like a piece of Italy, but out in the country you will find an amalgam of African cultures at their best. The highland plateu of southern Eritrea shares the ancient Orthodox Christian traditions of neighbouring Ethiopia, the peoples inhabiting the deserts to the west and along the Red Sea coast exhibit Muslim culture at its most colorful, while animistic, tribal Africa is represented by the Kunama and Nara of the south-west.

The landscapes range from lush, cool highlands to the hottest, most desolate deserts anywhere, towns and villages exhibit a curious mixture of traditionally African and Mediterranian influences, and wildlife, while nowhere nearly as abundant as in Kenya or Tanzania, is varied and includes many rare species.

Nevertheless, what really gives a lasting impression of Eritrea is her people. Eritreans are among the most educated, dignified and hospitable people I have met anywhere, and the begging, thievery and hassles encountered elsewhere in Africa quickly fade into distant memories here.

I visited Eritrea in 2004, as part of a three-month-long tour of North-East Africa, that also took me to neighbouring Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Somaliland. Due to Eritrea's relationship with these neighbours getting here required quite an amount of persistance and determination, but once I arrived, I felt it was all worth it. Eritrea has immediately became my favourite country in Africa, and I can only wish to return for a longer stay in the future.

If you are at all thinking about visiting this country, think no more - go!

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Trying to see where my country is (Eritrea - the one with the flag :p) in a world map....

... because putting a joke country as your location didn't get old fast, then?

If no-one's going to actually use them properly, the flags just become avatar junk. It's impossible to tell someone who their best dealer is when they claim to be from bloody Eritrea. I don't think I want to risk Eritrea's postal system as I don't trust the incumbent Ministry of Transport and Communications, so expect no strap orders.

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... because putting a joke country as your location didn't get old fast, then?

You know that I don't like you so please keep the comments (like 'joke country') for yourself.

What you are the RWG police and you will tell me what to do with my avatar? :angry:

I am not gonna sell you anything anyway so you don't need to worry about the Eritrea's postal system. :thumbdown:

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