Tag Archives: Eritrea

Dancing to Perfidia – Poem #15 – From the Archives

The Hotel Torino – Massawa, Eritrea built by the Fascists when Eritrea was an Italian colony.  In 1960s it had a roof top bar; 20 year old Toritto  misspent a portion of his youth in Eritrea and had many a drink … Continue reading

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Italy, Libya and Eritrea -From the History Archive

A poster from the Fascist era advertising the Tripoli Grand Prix in Italian Libya on   March 7, 1933 -Year eleven of the Fascist dictatorship.  Cost of a ticket?   Lira 12 Muammar Gaddafi  is dead since 2011 and Libya … Continue reading

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Dancing to Perfidia

The Hotel Torino – Massawa, Eritrea built by the Fascists when Eritrea was an Italian colony.  In 1960s it had a roof top bar; 20 year old Toritto  misspent a portion of his youth in Eritrea and had many a drink … Continue reading

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Diaspora

    The Cathedral Snack Bar – Asmara, Eritrea – 1965 Bougainvillea Passegiatta Old men doffing borsalinos wearing double breasted suits. Topolinos in the street run as if on memory pretty girls now walking by laughing, giving boys the eye. … Continue reading

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An Honor Guard for Haile Selassie

“Toritto” in Ethiopia at 23 – looking maybe 17!  Once upon a time Toritto was a soldier; he spent four years of his life defending the nation against the evil empire.  He married his prom date some 5 weeks after … Continue reading

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Christmas at Kagnew Station

A re-post from last Christmas  I spent the Christmas of 1964 and ‘65 at Kagnew Station. Where you ask is Kagnew Station? Kagnew was the 4th U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station in Asmara, Eritrea. Yes. We had and still … Continue reading

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Italy, Libya and Eritrea -The Long Embrace

Turkish police carry the body of a dead Syrian child washed up on a tourist beach Well, Moammar Khadafi is dead and Libya has been in chaos ever since. Oil companies were licking their chops in anticipation eager to get … Continue reading

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Diaspora

by toritto The Cathedral Snack Bar – Asmara, Eritrea Bougainvillea Passegiatta Old men doffing borsalinos wearing double breasted suits. Topolinos in the street run as if on memory pretty girls now walking by laughing, giving boys the eye. “Un espresso … Continue reading

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Toritto at the Hotel Torino – 1965

Welcome to the Hotel Torino! No not in Turin. In Eritrea. First you need some background on how geeky Toritto wound up in Eritrea in 1964. No surprise. We had troops there. We have troops everywhere. One Spring day while … Continue reading

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Cut

by toritto Lithe and lovely Eritrean girl high cheek bones, pearly whites chocamocha, caffe latte has me staring at her aquiline nose. “Hey G.I! You buy hashish today?” Smoke rings and a purple haze scotch and water, tobacco and hash … Continue reading

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