If I were any more relaxed, I’d be dead! Today is the last day on the island of Zanzibar…the past days have been filled with a whole lot of lying on the beach, drinking local beers, and hanging out getting to know the others on the trip. Yesterday, Dave and I actually got up enough energy to go diving, and it was well worth it. The water was colder than I prefer, and the visibility wasn’t really that great, but the sea life that we saw more than made up for it. On the way out to the dive site we saw at least three pods of 5 or more dolphins. Once we got in the water, I saw more sea turtles than I’d ever seen on any single dive. In addition, I saw the biggest moray eel I’ve ever encountered. It had to be as big in diameter as my thigh!
I’ve also decided that Cricket can be an enjoyable game, but only if it’s beach cricket. That’s a hell of a lot more fun, and more running around is involved. I’ve even gotten used to people laughing at my “yank” pitching and batting style. 🙂
Before we hit the beach we visited the historic Arabic trading port of Stonetown. This is the first really Muslim area we’ve seen on the trip so far. Stonetown was kind of a crossroads of travelers and traders four or five hundred years ago. It’s still known for it’s spice production, so we did what every tourist does and went on a spice tour. Our guide took us out to a plantation where we got to see just about every type of spice plant I’d ever heard of. Lots of free samples, and the the obligatory stop where they tried to sell you packets of what you’d just seen. They were displayed nicely, but there was no way I’d buy the same thing I can get at any grocery store and carry it halfway around the world!
One bit of trivia about Zanzibar is that Freddy Mercury from “Queen” was born here. His home doesn’t exist, but there is a fun bar called “Mercury’s” that plays mostly Queen music and has way more posters of Freddy than should ever be collected at one place!