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Published: March 17th 2007
Swinging chair and turquoise waters Who, during a very hot day, has never dreamt about being in a paradise island with white sand beaches full of palm trees and with an ocean of warm crystal clear waters?
How about order a beer and wait swinging in this chair?
Now, let's add a little bit more information to this dream. The ocean is the Indian Ocean, the language they speak in this Island includes the words "Hakuna Matata" (Yes, the Disney movie "Lion King" took from here these words) and massages are offered in the beach.... hehehe.
Well, as you may imagine already, we have been to such a place. No kidding!! We have pictures to prove it... hahaha.
The island name is Zanzibar (Belongs to Tanzania)
and the beach is Nungwe. We stayed there for about four days. But, nothing is perfect. Zanzibar is an expensive place for backpacking. You cannot find a place for less then 10 dollars per person per night and food usually you spend around 8 dollars for a good meal. And hassle is pretty frequent (the feeling didn't change much from the first time we been to Tanzania)
Zanzibar is unquestionably gorgeous and the company we had during our stay made it even better. Their we met part
Just a glipse of the local flora.
of the group of Norwegian girls we met in ChaChaCha backpackers in Lusaka, the group with took the Ilala ferry in Malawi, the French we met in Dar es Salaam and a group of overlanders (Translation: people that cross Africa with tour packages inside big trucks)
we met in Stone Town. What can be better tham stay in a paradise place, drinking beer with friends? It's a pity that lasted so short.
Besides Nungwe, we stayed two days in Stone Town. The city is built in a very interesting way. It’s composed of mainly narrow pass ways in between old two or three store buildings. We got lost more than 5 times per hour...hehehe. The pass ways are far from being straight like a chess board. The city has also Sultans and slave trade in its history. We visited the Anglican Cathedral where in the old time was situated the most important slave market of Eastern Africa and the palace of the Sultan (yes, he also had an Harem)
Our plan of going to Comoros and Madagascar hitch-hiking a boat had to be aborted. We manage to find boats going to where we wanted in the Dar es
Catching up in reading
Maria (Norway) reading in front of cholos bar.
Salaam port, but what we didn't manage was to get it to a price that was worth doing it. 😞
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