Friday, March 29, 2013

March 29, 2013 - Zanzibar Ferie

(Thank you to Rasmus and Jytte for the pictures from their awesome new camera!)

We went on vacation (ferie) to the tropical island of Zanzibar, just a 90-minute ferry ride away from Dar.  Zanzibar used to be a different country and sort of still thinks it is, which gives it a very unique and interesting flavor.  Admittedly this was my second time to Zanzibar and I still did absolutely NOTHING cultural (spice tour, Stone Town tour, Jozani Forest to see the rare monkeys that live there, tour of the Mitoni Palace, etc.).  But it is still an amazing place to go - even if you just stay at your little hotel or resort.

We stayed at the Shooting Star Lodge on the eastern coast of the island, and liked it very much.  Food was fine (sometimes great, sometimes not - mostly just good), service was very good, drinks were very good (and not very expensive!) and the atmosphere was just perfect.  There was one common infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean where the restaurant/bar was, but also Rasmus, Jytte and the girls stayed at a little house that had its own private pool (so that was really cool).  

It looked like this...
From the top balcony...
Looking down into their own garden...
Playing in their private pool...


Noah was just in it for the snacks at first...(but by the end of our stay even he was swimming in the pool!).
After we got there (and the weather was good!) we took a Dhow cruise out to sea.  A dhow is a very old-fashioned "traditional" type of sailing boat still used here in East Africa.  It was a very special experience...the water was the blue-greenest I've ever seen it.




In our 3 days there we spent a lot of time in this lounge...particularly because days 2 and 3 included a lot of rain!
We drank some lovely little cocktails...
And watched our dinner swim right up to our plates...
(literally...this guy worked for our hotel and picked up the fish from a fisherman just at our beach spot).
We ate here...
And had a lot of fun together!

Buying fancy, freshly found seashells...
Hunting for crabs...
Playing mancala...
 And making lots of new friends...



I think Grace still misses this pool... (can you tell where it stops and the ocean starts?)...

Kristoffer, Rasmus, Jytte and Nikoline went on a great snorkeling trip for one day, and accidentally ran into 11 dolphins on their way home.  They jumped right in and went for a swim with them!  WOW!  

It was raining a lot, which was a little bit of a downer, but we still managed to have a really nice time (and even though Grace had 6 night-time hours of being very sick there were no other problems and thank you very much to the hotel's housekeeping for their very efficient laundry service).

When it was time to go home we waited for our ferry here...
And climbed on board...
Ahoy, maties!
Kwaheri, Zanzibar!  Tutaonana baadaye!

LMW

1 comment:

Paul Sack said...

I do not think that was a dhow but that it was an ngalawa.

Am much enjoying your posts. I lived in Dar 45 years ago with children 6, 8, 10, and 12--as country director for the Peace Corps--and owned a dhow. Was back in Dar and Zanzibar a couple of years ago.

Paul Sack