|Getting ready for the long ride.|
|Christmas dinner at a 15-minute bus stop.|
|Me and the best host ever in Dar!|
|Dar by day.|
|Dar by night.|
|The Kilimani lounge.|
|The view from the beach house.|
|Fisherman working together on the beach.|
|Waiting for the ferry to Zanzibar.|
|Chaos as we get off the ferry.|
|Welcome to Zanzibar!|
|Hotel Kiponda was a hidden gem.|
|The food market, one of my favorite parts of Stone Town.|
|The view at breakfast! Amazing!|
|A friend of our tour guide, who taught me a few Swahili words.|
For example, hapana = no. :)
|Estella Market, named after the wife of the first Minister.|
|Daladala, an interesting take on a bus, named after the fact|
that the original ones were green like dollars.
|Zanzibar is known for its role in the slave trade.|
|One of the slave chambers, estimated to have |
held 75 people.
|Slave monument, said to use the original slave chains.|
The church behind it was built on the open space
where slave sales used to take place.
|The streets of Zanzibar.|
|My friend Emma, Mike Donavan of our tour company, and me.|
|Old Fort, home to one of the shortest wars in history,|
made from limestone and dead coral.
|Beautiful art that the artist was kind enough|
to let me photograph.
|The House of Wonders: first house to have|
electricity, running water, and a lift.
It was bombed during the war and rebuilt,
eventually becoming a museum.
|Enjoying the view from the top of the house.|
|The fort and the town.|
|An ad for Kanga, a lightweight, multipurpose material|
with beautiful patterns.
|A dhow boat.|
|Me and my new buddy, a spice vendor.|
|The streets of Zanzibar.|
|Enjoying a cocktail at sunset.|
|Village life, on the way.|
|Ocean in view!|
|Our home away from home.|
|I love the beach!|
|Our dreamy room, complete with a patio.|
|Emma and I with our friend, a jewelry vendor that I bought far|
too many earrings from at the local hot spot.
|A jukebox!! I want one!|
|A group of locals practice flipping off a tire for fun.|
It was awesome!
|My Masai friend Michael, who shared that he (and others) are|
hired from Arusha to hang out in Zanzibar during tourist season.
|What a view!! (turns out the food was amazing too).|
|Beautiful shells from the Indian Ocean.|
|I'm amazed by his balance.|
|Local kids playing with a homemade toy.|
|Sunset on New Years Eve!|
The highlights of the week were the pre-New Years Eve and New Years Eve parties thrown at our beach residence. Following a New Years Eve dinner, we enjoyed a show of child acrobats performing some of the most daring acts I've yet to see. A dance party of young and old alike followed; African beats mixed with Top 40 and awful Euro-techno-pop, creating a memorable fusion to ring in the new year. We spent the evening chatting and dancing with the hotel managers (one of whom retired at age 30!), gaining some insight to the "high life" of Zanzibar's elite.
|Pre-New Year's Eve party.|
|New Years Eve!|
|New Years Eve entertainment.|
|Yes, there is real fire on this poor child's head. They actually|
left it there long enough to cook a real egg!
|They didn't fall!|