We found ourselves walking down small, narrow streets where every merchant was beckoning us to enter his place of business; there were intricately carved doorways, electrical and water tubing running everywhere and then suddenly out of the hustle and bustle of it all, the beautiful Call to Prayer coming from the loudspeakers of the minarets of the mosques.
Zanzibar, for those that do not know, is off the coast of Tanzania–it is not a single island but an archipelago comprised of another two big islands and numerous small ones. It feels like two different worlds being at our accommodations in contrast to viewing hundreds of Muslim children coming from school on Friday wearing their pristine white shirts or head coverings. However, many were eating purchased treats from little stores. Our guide told us ‘kids are kids everywhere and Friday is the last day of school for this week!’
We have taken much time to reflect on team one as Deb and I feel so lucky to have had such incredible, hardworking and caring people! I know team two is busy and a doing a great job as well–we think about you every day –go team 2!!
Jambo from Zanzibar!
Zanzibar is a bit mysterious…almost as if you might see Bogart or Hemingway out and about. The Indian Ocean surrounds this beautiful island and the sound of the waves and gentle breeze with the sunny skies makes this place paradise.
We have toured a spice farm and have seen how these spices we buy in plastic containers grow. Our guide crushed the leaves for us to smell and then would gently describe a characteristic of the spice so we could guess what it was. The most impressive spices of the many we saw were nutmeg and cinnamon.
We’ve attached a picture of the nutmeg that looks like a lady bug inside a green outer shell. Also included is a picture of a cinnamon tree. Cinnamon is harvested and prepared from the bark.
We traveled on to Stone City. It’s history carries a dark time involving slave captures and auctions. We learned that David Livingston the explorer, worked endlessly and successfully to end the slave trade practice here. We’ve included a beautiful yet disturbing bit of art depicting the sadness of that time in history.
Stone Town is well known for its fish and meat market. Again pictures we’ve included show a fresh fish catch auction starting and then the fish mongers stalls. Slowly moving into the beef and goat meat area.
I kept thinking that Anthony Bourdain would be in such a place and so brave as to ask for a fresh slice of fish to eat sushi style raw. We were not so brave. We could smell the fish market a block before we arrived…the smell only got stronger as we entered!
The streets were narrow yet motorcycles zoomed by us. The doors to some of the houses in the corridors are intricate in design.
We have sat beach side and swam in the bath water warm ocean watching beautiful sunsets. People from all over the world are here. The meals they serve us here are fun and tasty. Live music accompanies us as chatter amongst the guests and staff tells us we are among friends.
With that Jeanne and I send our love to team 1. We talk often of the laughs, the sadness, but mostly our friendship. We will gather when we are all back to share our companionship and amazing adventure together.
Team 2, our thoughts are with you. We are so proud of you and the work you will do!!
To all of our friends and family we wish you Hakuna Matata, ‘no problem’!
Be kind, live well, be you!