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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City March 1st 2012

Spice tour this morning. Lunch at the coast. Tour of Stone Town, old slave market and shopping the rest of the day. On safari shooting pictures of people now instead of animals.... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City February 24th 2012

I take back every bad word I ever said, and every bad thought I ever had, about Stone Town. Well, not every single one, but most of them. It's not a bad old place, really. We went back there today and we had a couple of hours to kill before catching the ferry to the mainland. I had resolutely decided to stay inside and catch up on some blogging and banking, more to avoid being assaulted/groped/offered drugs than because my to-do list was particularly urgent. But in the end I headed out with Sarah and Rebecca to explore the Stone Town labyrinth some more and give it a second chance. We found ourselves in the shopping district, where men and women wove at looms inside dimly lit rooms, and the shop doorways were awash with colourful ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City February 14th 2012

Pemba Next part of this endeavour of a “backpacking” experience takes us to the beautiful Island Pemba in Tanzania. Located a scorching five hours boat ride from Dar es Salam with a brief stop on Zanzibar to cram up on fuel and more passengers Africa style i.e. the floor is equally good place to sit. Not remembering to much of the horrible accident in 2011 when 800 passengers went down with the ferry running the route from Dar to Pemba where overweight was the supposed cause of the capsizing. However after arriving to Pemba, trying to get transport to the hotel were I was to meet up with my parents and sister, only to realise they wanted as much as the charge for the boat ride to this island I got on the local bus. The ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City February 13th 2012

It takes less than three minutes to form an opinion about someone you have just met. I believe that something similar must be true for places as well, because it didn't take long for me to decide that I didn't like Stone Town. I'm not sure what, exactly, made me decide this. It might have been the anti-tourist man who shouldered into me so violently, and deliberately, that at home he'd be arrested for common assault. It might have been the eight year old girl who ran up to me and Rebecca and groped us. It might have been the cockroach in our room. It might have been the smell of old fish and sewage that roiled through the streets and choked me when the breeze picked up. Or, I don't know, but it might even ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City January 13th 2012

Zanzibar was definitely one of the highlights of our trip, but our time there had some ups and downs. We arrived at about 4am after 24 hours in transit. This was the wackiest transit in our itinerary as the only way we had been able to get a flight to Zanzibar was to fly from Maputo all the way up to Addis, then back down to Dar Es Salaam, then to Zanzibar. That, coupled with the 5-hour drive from Tofo to Maputo to catch the first flight (and my stressing out about getting stopped by the police and missing our flight), meant that we were ready to crash on whatever horizontal surface was available at our hostel, called Warere Town House. We had only booked a room for the following 3 nights, thinking it wasn't worth ... read more
Chuck posing in one of the huge doorways in the House of Wonders
Chuck checking out the view from the fourth floor balcony of the House of Wonders
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City December 29th 2011

Stone Town is one of the most amazing places and we couldn’t get enough of it. The old town takes you back in history at least a few hundred years. Nothing has changed since it is now a world heritage site and for good reason. Stone Town is the heart of Zanzibar and is surrounded by the clear blue/green sea, narrow streets, high buildings and multicultural people which gives it an own charm to this place. We were walking through a maze to find the right exit and every wrong turn is leading to something fantastic – awesome spices paradise, colorful cloths’ shop, tasty restaurants, an interesting and crowded night food market and absolutely amazing view towards the crystal clear sea. Of course it is quite touristic and especially around Christmas but it is possible to ... read more
Zanzibar sunset
Relaxing from the sun
Spice paradise

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City November 13th 2011

We arrived in Zanzibar after a short flight from Kigali and a couple of nights in Dar es Salaam. We didn't explore much of Dar, mainly because it was exceedingly hot and the white sands and crystal waters of Zanzibar were calling to us. Our first few days on the Spice Isle were spent in Stone Town the old part of the capital Zanzibar Town. We got ourselves lost in the winding cobbled streets, being harangued by touts and hawkers and checking out a few local sites and museums, including the supposed childhood home of Freddie Mercury and the old slave market, the site of one of the last legal slave markets in the world. One of our highlights was tucking into some delicious shark, lobster and shrimp kebabs washed down with sugarcane and ginger juice ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City September 30th 2011

Turquoise waters and fine white sand, historical buildings and narrow alleyways, busy markets and friendly people, this is the colorful spice islands. This is Zanzibar. On arriving in Stone Town you are met with a maze of winding alleyways and narrow streets, full of color and laughter. As you pass ancient buildings its easy to imagine a time of pirates and traders. A time when the Spice Islands were the ancient trading route to the world. A time when Royal Britannia ruled the seas. Being welcomed into the slums by the local Muslims and seeing how they live with religious dedication an honesty is an eye opening experience. Being woken up at 5am with a call to prayer an unwanted reminder to explore this colorful and fascinating island. As you weave in and out of the ... read more
Kendwa Beach
Kendwa Rocks
My Fire Spinning Show

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City September 20th 2011

The old turboprop swooped low over the Indian ocean. The high wing allowed the passengers to see the clearly marked fringing reefs, with settlements and tourist hotels below. The pilot altered pitch on the propellors and the twin turbines emitted a new growl. It was almost as if he had changed down a gear. Flat arable land appeared under the wings and then the shanty town that was the capital of Zanzibar. People expect Zanzibar to be a world heritage site with ancient stone buildings, created in an arabesque comorian style; but while this exists, most of “Stone town” was a tin roofed shanty. The taxi cruised smoothly into town. Car washes, small shops and street mechanics lined the airport road. We left in doubt that Zanzibar was a third world country. A thriving, bustling alive ... read more
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A chaotic but addictive 3rd world nation
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City July 29th 2011

Ok, so after an epic safari, headed back to the villages for 10 days ... it was a week of hard work, we managed to fit in lots of teachings to schools, community groups etc and have organised our big SIC testing day for next Wednesday, advertising it as SIRI, BURE HARAKA....fast free and confidential! Hopefully there will be a record turn out ... so teachings went really well, teaching reproductive health to 150 girls in a primary school classroom was certainly a challenge, 30 footballers the same day, some life skills and their goals and dreams, related to why its so important for them to stay healthy etc, we made a paper chain of all of them which they loved - im definately racking up my numbers of african gap yahhh photos hah surrounded by ... read more




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