Published: October 17th 2009October 17th 2009
I felt it was time to write a new blog entry now, its been awhile. We
e still on Zanzibar and frankly, we haven done too much the last couple of weeks. Well, we did go on a little adventure the last few days, but first things first.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, we met some locals who helped us with everything from accomodation to swahili lessons; Arif gave us lessons for a couple of hours every day for a week, which made us sort of "stuck" in Stonetown for that time. So we developed a very relaxed daily rythm that looked kinda like this:
9 AM: waking up, getting breakfast
10 AM: Arif comes for the swahili lesson
12:30 AM: maybe a little nap
1:30 PM: starting to think about lunch
2 PM: lunch and/or buying fruit at the market to bring to the beach
3 PM: going to the beach. sleeping there and getting roasted by the sun.
5 PM: football with locals. Have to be careful not to run into a cow or similar hinders on the field.
7 PM: maybe a dip in the ocean after football, or a trip to the internet
making some delicious food
cafe to find out about Borussia Dortmund and other important news.
9 PM: dinner at the nightmarket or making food ourselves. (weve been making some awesome meals btw, our mothers should be proud!)
10:00 PM: a couple of beers and football on tv (or live music) at "Livingstones" bar
We had plans to explore the island a little, so last sunday we went to the dalla-dalla station (a dalla-dalla is basically a small and overcrowded truck with seats in the back) and agreed to take the first one we saw. That led us north, to a place called Kendwa, almost at the tip of Zanzibar. We spent three days there, doing even less than in Stonetown. Kendwa is a holiday paradise with long white beaches, warm water and nice beach bars. After a few days it started overcrowding with european white trash, so we decided to move on.
Next stop was Pongwe, not a typical tourist destination. there were a couple of expensive resorts a few miles down the beach, but they were all way out of our budget. So we planned to "go wild" that night, using all of our primate instincts combined with knowledge gained from "MacGyver"
and various "National Geographic" shows to build a decent sleeping spot and maybe even catch some dinner. We actually did get quite far making a "bed" under a tree that would have been perfect for hanging up our mosquito nets. And we did catch two crabs with selfmade speers. But our impatience, lazyness and hunger led us to try find some food at the only light that shone on the beach, somewhere close to the horizon. As it turned out, the light was not a restaurant, and according to the guys who were chilling on the beach there was none around, either. Not even a store.
But those guys were kind enough to invite us for some dinner at their home. when they heard that we were going to sleep outside on the beach front, they didn know whether to laugh because they thought we were joking or because it was such a bad idea (they talked about snakes, weird ants and so on...). After a while of being lectured why not to sleep on that beach, they invited us to stay with them and then go fishing with them the next morning.
Unfortunately, I couldn bring my camera to
the boat, as there was no place safe of getting wet in it. But what an experience it was! The boat was selfmade, carved out of a tree trunk and somehow connected to other pieces of wood that somehow made it swim. Normally it fits about 2-3 people who know what they are doing. We managed to fit 5 in it, 2 of whom had never been in a swimming tree trunk before. Too bad that the sea was a bit too wild, because that apparently meant that there was no use fishing for us. Instead we went snorkelling for a while.
This little trip was a nice excursion to get an insight into the lives of local fishermen, and probably a better option than sleeping on the beach. Now we
e back in Stonetown and will stay here for a few days more. But I think that soon you will hear from us in a different country. probably Zambia or Mozambique. Well see...
There are more photos below