First time in Zanzibar.

Habari zenu makaka na madada zangu! ( I hope I got my grammar right there)

I know its a late post. I promise I will be brief.

So my friends and i last month decided to spend our Easter Holiday in Zanzibar. I think I may have acquired an accent or two after my trip from Zanzibar. All I can it was magical! I have always dreamed of going to Zanzibar; am not kidding by the way. First time I went to Tanzania was back in 2014 , when I went for an exchange programme with an organization known as AIESEC( if you are freshman in college I recommend you to join it. You will thank me later).

I recall, the last time I  was there a lot happened that is still fresh in my mind. A story that is award winning. Its just too good.(Trust me. I am considering posting my experience back in 2014. It’s in form of a draft). Lets just say being left by the bus is not a pleasant experience.

Anyway, that’s a story for another day.

The most interesting thing i recall while was here is that i got myself in the mix of a heated debate between a caretaker of the hotel & a local while i was Malindi Guest House (The hotel we stayed in). They were debating about the history of Tanzania and Zanzibar came to be as well as religion and politics. They pointed how fellow Zanzibars’ don’t like being recognized as Tanzania because of various reasons that i don’t want to point (political reasons i believe). In fact i noticed Zanzibar have their own car number plates, flag, elections, president, way of life and culture but the currency is the same as in Tanganyika(Tanzania). Tanzania is an acronym from a combination of Zanzibar and Tanganyika, after a treaty between the two countries/territories?? Therefore most Zanzibaris prefer being referred to as Zanzibarians( If that’s a word) rather than Tanzanias. Its therefore a semi-autonomous country (Correct me if i am wrong). Google for more information if you are interested in the history. I am not 100% correct.

I don’t want to bore you guys with long stories of how the juice we were given by Modern Coast staff tasted like, how hot it was in the bus and the fact i was the only person who didn’t have a plus one during the trip(got me thinking though: mwanaume ni effort. Man!! I should start dating now). Ehem! (Clears throat)

You should go and experience it yourself because photos and words are not enough to explain.

Here are some of the photos i took with my Techno Camcon C8. Yes my phone. I didn’t have a Canon nor a Nikon. I can’t afford those. Maybe in the future.

Anyway, Enjoy.

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This view was breathtaking. It reminded me of Ngong Hills.
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Lunch time.
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First selfie of the trip.
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Booking area for the ship. First we had to take a selfie.
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I was feeling Nostalgic. Last time I was here, I was on the top of this building where the club High Spirit having the time of my life with my new friends.

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From a far you can see the Habour outside the Bank we were in.
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World War Service men honored.
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Old Protestant Church built be Germans during colonial era.
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Roasted Yams (Ngwashe)
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Roaming the streets of Dar like a boss.
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I was baseless so i took pictures to keep myself busy.
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Fenesi.

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I just loved how organized and calm the streets were.
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Observatory deck of the ship.
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Beautiful Ocean breeze was just one of a kind.

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inside the Ferry/Ship. I was confused about that one.
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Arrival at Stone Town. 
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Just had to take a picture of this door. To my knowledge i think it was designed by locals that were taught by Arabs and indians who settled in the Island.

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Path leading to Malindi Guest House, Stone Town. The hotel we stayed for 2 days.
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We are greeted by this while entering Malindi Guest House .The hotel was unique and had a lot of unique decorations both interior and exterior of the hotel. In the interior it was decorated with pictures of the history of Zanzibar, pop culture, art and international politics mostly arab related.
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Jimi Hendrix’s picture seen.
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House of Wonder Painting can be seen.

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Breakfast Area.
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Beautiful view on top of the hotel

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Louge area decorated in a Moroccan theme.
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Booking area of the Ferry.
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Sea food was in plenty at Forodhani Square where food was relatively cheap and so we had our supper here. It was crowded with locals and tourists.
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Sugarcane juice was really delicious. It was a mixed with ginger.
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If you are planning to come here don’t forget to eat Shawarama( I think that’s how it was called) It was really good. Its beef mixed cabbage.
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Bustling Forodhani Square.
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We decided to sneak around the area and we came across this place. Zanzibar’s cultural Heritage.
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Turtle Conservancy Area within the Prison Island.

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Outside area of the Prison turned into a picnic area.
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The irony of this site is that its beautiful but it was the site of where slaves would come to be sold by arabs.

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From a far we can see the House of Wonders towering.

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Brief history of the mosque.

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Local  food.

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Entrance of a historical that i always wanted to go but, unfortunately we couldn’t get in because of the entrance fee. Apparently, one of ours was white and so they raised the fee.

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Building named after the first president of Zanzibar Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume.

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Shores of the beach.
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I was really careful about the narrow path because if i miss a step it’s a wrap.

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Headed out to the beach.
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Leaving the beach.

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Dawn at Zanzibar.
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At the port. The process of checking out with the immigration officers can be tedious but it only takes 5-10 minutes to clear with the officers depending on the queue. You are required to fill out a form giving information of where you are heading and where you came from.
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First time to be in close proximity with ships.

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Goodbye Zanzibar.
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