The Spice Island
Zanzibar ~ Island, African, Muslim
After the safari, I flew to Zanzibar, a group of small islands just to the east of Tanzania. It’s all about the beach! My flight was to Zanzibar City, which is on the western coast, and then I had a one-hour taxi ride to the east coast, to a village called Jambiani.
Because of historical influences, 98% of the people who live in Zanzibar are Muslim (compared with around 30% in Tanzania proper)!
I had a few days in Jambiani, and then one day in Stone Town, which is the ‘old town’ part of Zanzibar City. My plan for my time there was to relax on the beach and sleep a lot, and that’s what I did😝.
There were some amazing sunrises (enjoyed with my new friend).
Every morning, I woke up at 6:15, opened my door to see if the sunrise looked nice, and if it did, I would walk on the beach, and if not, I would go back to sleep😂!
For some reason, I was feeling nauseous for a few days, and I couldn’t eat much. This was my dinner one night…
I am so happy to be ending my anti-malaria pills in a few days. And I’m also excited that I’ll be out of mosquito alley for the first time in over two months. YAYYYYY!
There are two low tides a day.
The people who live in the villages harvest seaweed and they fish (mainly for octopus, but also some small fish). The tide goes out really far, maybe a mile?, so, every morning, the local women go far out during low tide, where the water is half of the time, and farm the seaweed. Once it’s ready, they harvest it to sell… you can see them in the far background in the pictures. These boys were digging for worms to use for bait when fishing:
Karibunisana : You’re most welcome
They say “You’re welcome” a lot, which is kind of funny to hear because they’re using it to say, “Welcome”, but “You’re welcome” just sounds like what you’re told after thanking someone. It’s cute though.
Zanzibar is the Spice Island – everything grows here!! So I did a really fun spice farm tour…
Mucho divertido on the Spice Island, sleeping 15 hours a day😆☀️🙋🏼!
Next up: Stone Town & quick Abu Dhabi stop (take two)