March 13, 2014, Dar – Stone Town (Zanzibar)
First we stood up very early, so early that we were too early for the ferry. On the ferry we could buy sweets from a Chinese man. Then we came to Zanzibar which is actually another land than Tanzania. At the hotel we brought everything to our room and then we went for a walk in Stone Town. There were very nice wooden doors.
In the evening we went to the night market. There was very nice food like chapatti, meat and Zanzibar pizza with nutella. A thief stole our money (only the change) and a man came and said: ”We know where the man is; do you want to catch him?” We said no because we didn’t want a hammer on the head. And then we went to bed.
March 14, 2014; Stone Town
In the morning we ate a nice breakfast (if you compere it with the price). Then we went snorkeling. The water was very clear and a lot of fish. Saddly there were also a lot of jelifish. When we went to the second place we saw dolphins. At the second place there weren’t any jelifish (at first!). Then my mother got stung realy badly (she was almost dead when she got out of the water) (editor’s note: now who is the drama queen?). When we got back we had an afternoon sleep. In the evening we went to the night market. We did not see the theef again.
March 15, 2014, Stone Town
Zanzibar is also known as the Spice Islands – so we decide on a cooking class for today. We are picked up at the hotel by Sharah, together we shop for fish, vegetables, rice and spices at the local market, and then we go to her daughters house in a dala-dala – a pick-up truck with benches for the passengers in the back.
We like the airy house with almost no furniture very much; we sit on the floor and cook on a charcoal and a kerosene stove, also on the floor. Only the sink and two cupboards are “normal” standing-up height. Our menu: local tuna fried in spices, pilau rice, spicy potatoes, plantane pudding. Yum!
On our way home, we get lost in the alleys of Stone Town for the umpteenth time – but as usual we find ourselves quite close to the hotel when the narrow streets spit us out. A shoemaker fixed my flip-flop on the way – feels like new!
March 16, 2014, Stone Town – Bejuu
After another, compared to the price, good breakfast, we packed our things, or at least the things we’d taken to Zanzibar. We had to get our fairei-tickets in advance, befor we went to the Beach resort. While we waited for my parents to get the tickets and during the drive, we played games. What I saw of the drive, was sometimes a beautiful forest, which I likes, and sometimes fynbos, which disappointed me.
When we got there it was low tide, but the beach seemd beautiful, with white sand and palms. WE all relaxed, my parents walked out on the beach, my brothers played, and I read. After lunch we did the same things, minus the walking, then we went swimming. The water was so hot it was like a huge bath with waves. After playing around on the beach and several rounds of bao, we ordered supper. My brother started building sand lands.
The night got disturbed by moving the ventilator and people talking right outside our bungalow. The “talkers” got my dad annoyed. In the end we got through the night, even though we got sweaty.
March 17, 2014, Upepo Bungalows – Dongwe Ocean View
First we took bicycles and rode along the beach. It was very hot nd difficult, because it was my first bike ride in 3 months. We rode to a special boat that brought us where we went snorkeling. The fish there were very nice and we saw a fish kindergarten in an anemone. We could sail back to the shore later. And then we saw a very nice hotel where we stayed for lunch. It was so nice that we wanted to move there. We had to take the road back because the beach was flooded. That was far and also difficult. Then we moved and felt like kings because we got two rooms and a pool. I feel that adventurers are like kings but I don’t know what you feel like, whoever you are.
March 18, 2014, Dongwe Ocean View
Today, we were determined to relax and enjoy a classic day on the beach. This is very easy at a beach like this, and we can report 100% success…
We repeated the snorkeling from yesterday, minus the boat – walking there and climbing over some sea urchins saved us USD 70. OK, we almost washed out into the open ocean crossing the Dongwe pass with the tide rushing out like a river…
Then: reading, dozing sand castle building, football on the beach, excessive use of the pool and awed admiration of the beach scenery in front of us.
It is the life of a resort tourist, perfect for us after our adventures but I am sure, one more day of the same and we would feel the itch for more action.
Bur for now we are thrilled by the prospect of a Swahili buffet dinner and an A/C cooled night in a good bed.