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Eritrea

Presented by The State of Eritrea, Ministry of Tourism
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Beyond Sweden is the exit to the World ShowPlace. The Millennium Village Gifts to the World logo is projected in white light above those doors. Beyond the doors are what appear to be a strange number of lighted signs that we can walk amongst. When standing back away from the signs (actually by another sign that is smaller and in front of the Africa counter at The Gift of Cuisine), we can read the name of the country by looking at the panorama of the signs together: Eritrea.

The little sign shows its location in Africa south of Egypt and SUDAN. It says the country is the youngest in Africa but yet has a history 3,000 years old. Eritrea, formerly part of Ethiopia, is made up of nine tribes that live together as one fighting for independence. The large signs not only have the large letters of the country's name, but the top of each sign, when put together, forms the topography of the country - from the mountains on the left side to the ocean on the right side. Each of the nine signs has images and words that show (from left to right) the Gifts of: Diversity, Hospitality, Creativity, Harmony, Hope/Dreams, Nature, Heritage, Abundance, and Family.

In the back left-hand corner of the exhibit is a table set low to the ground with soft cushioned benches. A sign on the wall identifies this area as an Eritrean Coffee Ceremony. Sitting down, we are served traditional Eritrean coffee and can talk with a native of this country.

Folk Art

Across from Eritrea are nine interpretations of the Coke bottle. Artists from over 65 countries created their own designs to form the contour of the Coca-Cola bottle. Nine of the creations are displayed here.

The Gift of Cuisine

Gift of Cuisine

Across from the Coke bottles is a food court area called The Gift of Cuisine. From left to right are counters for the following regions: Europe, Asia, Pacific Rim, Middle East, Africa, North America, Caribbean, South and Central America. Also next to and with the South America counter at the far end is a counter where the wines of Chile can be sampled. Giant painted flat images of people dressed to represent these regions are spaced between each region's counter. They each have their hands holding trays of the region's food being offered. Signs between the trays identify the region and list the food available and price. We are free to go up to any counter, order an item, and then go to another region to get something else. When we have everything we want, two to four cashiers sit at the far end of the area. Behind them is a large seating area. The walls at the back perimeter of the area are covered with drawings of fruit, vegetables, bread, and other foods.

Gifts from the World

This open merchandise area features products and gifts that have been showcased, highlighted, mentioned in, or associated with the exhibits in Millennium Village. Here we find flags and shirts representing the countries in the Village, Brazilian soccer shirts, pants, and jackets, Tivoli Gardens items, jewelry, Millennium Village pop-up maps, envelopes stamped from Israel, postcards (including several of a yurt), wind up radios that use no batteries, Millennium Celebration books and videos, and Tapestry of Nations toy puppets. The back section was changed in the late summer of 2000 to showcase crafts from Ecuador. An artisan creates Panama hats right in front of us and another cast member shows us how they can be folded up and stored in a light-weight wooden box.

Journey to Jerusalem

Presented by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel

Beyond the Gift of Cuisine and Gifts from the World is Journey to Jerusalem. A sign by the entrance warns that a mild simulator ride lies within and a video shows what some parts of the movie are about. Entering through the archway beneath the shining illuminated sign, we walk through a colorfully lit stone hallway with stone arches, tile floor, and four light colored stained glass windows (two on each side). The sound of church bells ringing, wind chimes, and holy music is heard. This is a recreation of an avenue found in Jerusalem and is paved with real stone from the city. This leads into a holding area for the show. A giant panoramic picture of the city of Jerusalem covers the wall on the left. Three interactive video terminals sit along the half-wall to the right. Beyond the wall, we can see diners eating the various cuisines from around the world. Ahead of us is another stone wall with large wooden doors closed.

Journey to Jerusalem EntranceSometimes, a cast member from Israel tells us about the large picture of the city and facts about its history. When the show is ready, cast members open the doors and instruct us to enter the pre-show room. If a guest does not want to ride in the simulator, he or she can choose to sit in the stationary seats and thus must keep to the left side of the room. The dark, plain room has three paintings on the right wall and a screen at the front. The Journey to Jerusalem logo appears on the screen. Here we will watch the pre-show as our guide takes us on a fast-paced tour of the city. When she asks us to reboard the bus for the rest of our tour, an older man appears amongst bright light. He says he is David, keeper of the stories, and tells our tour guide there is so much more of Jerusalem's history to explore. She agrees to let us hear what he has to share with us.

We then enter the main theater. The simulators are arranged in three rows, with two and stationary seating in the front row, three in the middle row, and three simulators in the third row. The fourth row is additional stationary seating. Three screens are in the front of the room with the outer two slightly angled in. The lap bars and the stairs we used to climb into the simulators are lowered.

David takes us through several stories out of Jerusalem's past including how the city's structures and architecture have changed. The simulators follow the moves the images on the movie make allowing us to feel like we are flying over and through the city or viewing a story from above. Upon the conclusion of the movie, we exit through the doors on the left and down a hallway into the Inspired by Israel exhibit.

The exhibit features the following displays:

  • Abundant Energy - solar and geothermal energy

  • Images of Israel - by looking through small windows in the Western Wall, guests can see constantly changing images of the country

  • Electronic Pilgrimage - computers allow guests to type prayers which will be printed and delivered to the real Western Wall in Jerusalem

  • Garden of Plenty - irrigation and desert farming

  • Gift of Language - guests can get their name translated and written in Hebrew


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