Asmara - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?

It's great for couples--I recommend having someone who can be your anchor. I can't speak for single people. School problems make me think it's less good for families. - Apr 2021

I'm not single, nor do I have a kids. I think it's good for couples, as I don't know how I'd try to date anyone here, but having someone at home who understands and is supportive is great. There's enough for us to do when we feel like going out, but we have each other if we choose not to. - Dec 2019

Maybe not the best place for a dating scene for singles. Good for couples and reasonably good for families. Organized kids activities are probably more scarce here than other places, and older kids in particular won't find many expat kids their own age. - Feb 2019

This is a “make your own fun” kind of place. Singles tend to go out together; there are a few night spots that they go to. Couples and families have each other to rely on for socializing. The limits on travel outside the capital (government permission is needed if you want to travel >25km) make for limited excursions, but there is enough to do if you put your mind to it. - Sep 2018

(It Depends). It really depends on what you are looking for. There is a night life here of sorts. The expat community tends to be young, albeit small. There are a good number of young and educated Eritreans. However, Eritrea as a whole is more conservative.

It is a good place for couples, because at the end of the day you have each other. My wife and I did a lot of entertaining that I probably would not have done if I were there single. People with families also tend to do well. The problem is that if you are someone who has to be out, has to be at restaurants, or some other ritzy type of lifestyle, it is going to be difficult. My wife and I both come from the Southern USA, so we are use to "creating our own fun". So if you can just enjoy great people, some food and conversation at someone's house...then you will do well. - Dec 2016

It is an acceptable place for anyone who does not need a lot of outside things to do, because the opportunities are limited. I believe that because of the nature of the international. school, families with children beyond the early years of elementary school may not wish to come. - Aug 2007

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