Zanzibar: When the village awakens

Jetlag is the Great Motivator for exercising. And so Andre goes for another early morning run, on the beach, before the village comes to life and the tourists, well-fed and lobster-red, begin to trickle onto the beach like the tentacles of a gigantic, flabby jelly fish. The tide is low, fishermen are coming back with(…)

Zanzibar: …and during that time…

While Andre went back in time during his brief visit to Hong Kong, Laura and the boys were resolutely moving into the future. Both boys got certified as junior Open Water divers and spent the week exploring the depths of the Indian Ocean, seeing humpback whales, sea turtles, crocodile-fish amongst others. And Laura was conversing(…)

Zanzibar: They did not only trade spices…

Zanzibar was East Africa’s main slave entrepot port until 1873, when the British Parliament voted to abolish slavery and persuaded the Sultan to render it illegal on the island. We make a disturbing visit to the old slave market, now the site of Zanzibar’s Anglican Cathedral. We visit a chamber, probably 300sqft in size, used(…)

Zanzibar: Hong Kong mini-buses never die…

…they go to Zanzibar !  

Zanzibar: Babel in East Africa

It is fascinating to get lost in the narrow, winding alleys of Stone Town. Not even Malacca gives us such a strong feeling of a cultural, ethnic and architectural kaleidoscope. Pretty veiled Swahili ladies, shuffling quietly through the streets. Boisterous uniformed school children dilly dallying on the way home. Shrewd Arab traders deep in negotiations(…)