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😝.

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yummm tuna… food at the hotel was deliciousss

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bitter lemon soda😍

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sunrise

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free breakfast

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beach clouds

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hotel at night

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greens and blues

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not a bad view:)

There were some amazing sunrises (enjoyed with my new friend).

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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…

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yogurt & granola

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this is what DEET does to the paint on a cheap watch…

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!

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artwork in room

There are two low tides a day.

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low tide

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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:

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Karibunisana : You’re most welcome

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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…

turmeric

turmeric

turmeric

turmeric

nutmeg

nutmeg

nutmeg

nutmeg

nutmeg

nutmeg

green orange

green orange

cacao

cacao

dragonfruit

dragonfruit

vanilla bean

vanilla bean + sweet guide Yobo

farm

farm

pretty hibiscus:)

pretty hibiscus:)

lemongrass

lemongrass

lemongrass

lemongrass

pepper

pepper

henna

henna

chicken with small head and body but big legs😂

chicken with small head and body but big legs😂

me henna

me henna… this was so fun

sup

she was super cute.. and loved my answer when guide asked why i didn’t have a boyfriend

why does my head look so big? opposite of weird chicken

why does my head look so big? opposite of weird chicken

clove

clove

cinnamon

cinnamon

coffee

coffee

spices purchased😍

spices purchased😍

Mucho divertido on the Spice Island, sleeping 15 hours a day😆☀️🙋🏼!

Next up:  Stone Town & quick Abu Dhabi stop (take two)

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