Zanzibar Journals

Summer '05: Zanzibar

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A July 2005 trip to Zanzibar by greghuntoon

Hakuna Majiwe Lodge Photo, Zanzibar, Tanzania More Photos
Quote: After years of hard work, I needed a long respite to re-energize and reconnect with what makes me tick. I skipped town and returned to my second home in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and unwound walking through the markets with family and playing soccer on the beach.

Summer '05: Zanzibar

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This trip for me was about relaxing and enjoying the warmth of friends and family. The Zanzibar International Film Festival was a treat, as were the countless days on beaches playing soccer, swimming, snorkeling, and diving off docks.Quick Tips: Enlist a travel agent in finding your ticket(s), and do your research online. I had Flight Centre arrange my travel, and I know that they saved me money in the process. As far as books go, I really do buy the Rough Guide books, but I also recommend researching as much as possible on the Internet to find other people's journals, such as this one. More than anything else, go to Zanzibar with an open heart, and an open mind. Pay attention to the prayer c...Read More

Hakuna Majiwe Lodge

Hotel | "Hakuna Majiwe"

Hakuna Majiwe Lodge Photo, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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This was an absolutely magical place to stay. The food was some of the best I ate in Zanzibar (aside from my family's cooking, of course), and the rooms were so nice. It's a quiet location, out of the way, and unfettered by throngs of tourists strewn across the beaches and making noise at night. And the owners were great; they made sure to walk around and talk with each and every guest at dinner to make sure that they were having a nice stay. If you're looking for a place to get away from everything and to enjoy some nice peace and quiet, Hakuna Majiwe is the spot. Make sure you take plenty of film, because it is so picturesque. I probably shot 100-150 photos between my arrival just before sunset and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Hakuna Majiwe Lodge
Southeast Coast of Zanzibar
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Forodhani Gardens

Restaurant

Forodhani Gardens Photo, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Eating at the Forodhani (for-o-tha-ni) is like getting tacos at the local taco stand. About an hour before sunset throngs of vendors arrive and begin setting up their grills and curious shops to serve the locals and the tourists, respectively. My Zanzibari brothers eat at the Forodhani 3 or 4 times a week, and meet up to figure out what's next in the night. If you're a young tourist trying to find out what's happening on any given night, take a friend down to the Forodhani just after sunset and pick up some samosas, chapati (kinda like tortillas, but way better), and skewered meat ('nyama' beef or 'kuku' chicken). You'll find plenty of folks down to go hit up a club for dancing, or maybe head into one...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2006

Forodhani Gardens
Zanzibar
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Pongwe Beach

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We arrived at our destination and found that we were the only ones there to enjoy the beautiful day. It was hot and sunny, and at low tide the shallow water was getting heated like a bath. By the time we went swimming, the top layer of the water was warm, like 80 degrees. The nice thing was that the middle and bottom layers were mild and chilly, respectively, which allowed for a really nice opportunity to cool off.

It was a good day, filled with games and a lot of time for me with the kids. We spent a lot of time together running here and there, playing soccer, and running out into the ocean to cool off every once in a while.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 14, 2006

Tayari? Bado... (Ready? Not yet...)

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It's a late Tuesday night for me, as I'm trying to make some preparations for my holiday (leaving for Toronto a week from tomorrow, and then hop on a plane on the 4th of July bound for Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania, and then ultimately, the two islands of Zanzibar). So I'm trying to get my packing list completed, and have started getting things organized and crossed off the list.As for the major trip though, I haven't been to East Africa since I left at the tail end of 1996, and something tells me that things have changed quite drastically since I left. The face of the world is a bit different, and being an American in this world certainly has new meaning abroad. I've been jokingly toying with the...Read More

Time For New Dreams

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro Photo, Tanzania, Africa
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It worked. I surprised the hell out of my family, and then they returned the favour by smashing all ideas I had of having functional Kiswahili. It was so commonplace to walk back through the doorway, into the central courtyard, up to the front door, and in to great my family for the first time in years. Eight years to be precise.Marshed was a small, intensely bright and hilarious 14-year-old when I left, and he has grown into a tall man with a deep, bellowing voice - he was changed so much I didn't even recognize him. Zahor, the brother closest in age to me is 27. We get along quite well, and I'm quite happy that he is home for break from university. Shinuna looks exactly the same, so much so ...Read More

Kiswahili Kibaya Sana

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Man, is my Kiswahili bad; or, as Marshed told the guy behind the counter at the Bureau de Exchange today, "anaweza kusema Kiswahili kizuri, lakini hawezi kusikiliza chochote," which basically means "he can speak Swahili well, but he can't hear a thing." It is so true. My family definitely speaks much quicker than the rest of the folks I meet around town, and couple that with a good deal of leftover jet lag and adjustment and you get a guy who says, "Sorry, could you repeat that again more slowly please?" Even still, I think that I have a pretty good ability to make conversation, especially with the beginnings of conversations, the pleasantries, which can take up to a couple of minutes in Swahili, seri...Read More

Culture Shock, Right On Time

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Every time I have left the confines of my own culture and stepped into another, I've been greeted by culture shock in the wake of a sickness or injury. When I stayed out on the Hopi Reservation 9 1/2 years ago, it was sickness that woke me up to my surroundings. Nine months later, when I arrived in Zanzibar, it was the double-whammy of strep throat and two ear infections only days before falling ill with malaria that gave me a quick taste of homesickness. Five days of hallucinations and pain were enough to show me how stripped I was of all that was comfortable to me. I'd never been that sick in my life, and it happened here where I barely knew the language and had not a single person who I knew for lo...Read More