February 15, 2012
This morning we left our big truck and tents behind and headed to the island of Zanzibar…and that involves taking a ferry. A very crowded ferry from a very crowded port city. Our guide had gotten us tickets the day before so all we had to do was walk all our gear through a small town and onto a gigantic ferry that was swarming with people. Luckily we had one really tall guy in the group so I kept my eyes on him as we all got mixed up in the crowd. This first ferry took us across a small bay where we then had to get on a local bus to a second port and get on another (much nicer) ferry. The trip to Zanzibar took about an hour and a half and it wasn’t that bad. When we got to the island we had to go through customs and get our passports stamped (even though it’s part of Tanzania). I was really happy to go through all this as a group because I don’t know if I could have handled the logistics of this crossing by myself.
Once we checked into our hotel (with real beds!) a few of us went off to explore Stonetown. The architecture in Stonetown is really something with Moorish, Persian and Indian influences everywhere. The streets are more like alleys and the buildings are so tall it’s difficult to tell where exactly you are. Needless to say, we got lost. And it was a great way to see the city. We ended up wandering for hours before finding a great bar right on the beach.
After killing a couple hours with cold beers we headed back to the hotel to shower before dinner. The sun seems so much more powerful in Zanzibar than any other place we’ve been and it’s easy to sweat just by standing still.
For dinner we went to an Indian restaurant which had terrible service and average food. Sort of a bummer.
Breakfast: toast, fried eggs, baked beans, muffin, juice, coffee/tea
Lunch: hamburger, french fries, coke
Dinner: chicken masala with rice