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Hakuna Matata

By on November 10, 2016

They say Hakuna Matata here all the time.  I know what it means thanks to the Lion King, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t using it in the correct context all the time.  But Hakuna Matata!

I’m wrapping up 6 days on Zanzibar Island and today I join my next tour.  We leave from here and head back to Tanzania for a 15 day camping safari.  I believe we spend a fair amount of time driving and then of course setting up our tents.  It sounded a lot more glamorous when I booked it in April.  Today I’m hoping it is way better than i expect.

I spent 5 days in Nungwi at a beach hotel.  There were people there!  It was really relaxing and I got caught up on my sleep.

Pretty much this face all day every day.  Sometimes the pool, sometimes the beach.  The life.

Pretty much this face all day every day. Sometimes the pool, sometimes the beach. The life.

If you see this, buy it.  When not drinking delicious African beer, I was drinking delicious African cider.

If you see this, buy it. When not drinking delicious African beer, I was drinking delicious African cider.

I had a massage on the last day.  Figured it would be a good idea before the safari to start out limber.  And the massage was only $20.  I enquired about the Zanzibar massage and was told it was a mixture of a good hard massage and relaxation.  Sign me up.

That was a total lie.  The girl took her elbow to my spine up and down and up and down.  Then my shoulder blades.  It was so bad I had to ask her to please go lighter.  She didnt understand English.  How do you sign language ‘lighter’ while oily and naked?  Its near impossible.  She also did my calves, which under regular circumstances are super sensy.  Needless to say, my spine is now bruised and i did not feel relaxed at the end.

To compensate for feeling poorly, I bought this African dress.  And I love it.

To compensate for feeling poorly, I bought this African dress. And I love it.

There was an election or something in the USA.  I was shocked to see it on the TVs in the restaurant for 2 days before the election and then blasting the morning of the results. Another interesting fact is that I didn’t run into one Canadian or American while I was there.

Two big screens and two different channels reporting on the election..

Two big screens and two different channels reporting on the election..

I wonder if these guys do snorkelling trips?  I also wonder if you should advertise yourself as a pirate.

I wonder if these guys do snorkelling trips? I also wonder if you should advertise yourself as a pirate.

The one super annoying thing is that I could not really have a peaceful walk on the beach.  The people on the beach would like to sell you something or take you for a snorkel or give you a massage or braid you hair.  I figured out a strategy of wearing my headphones and sunglasses.  That way I didnt feel too bad ignoring everyone.

I got invited by one guy to a reggae party up the beach.  It started at 10pm and I should come by to hang with the locals for some cheap beer.  I really wanted to do it, but come on, 10pm?

The beach boys sound like fun-is what this sign says to me.

The beach boys sound like fun-is what this sign says to me.

Just when I thought the entire post would be pictures of me sitting on the beach, I checked out of Nungwi and spent a day and night in Stone Town.  This town has a lot of history and I booked a tour guide to walk me around.  Its also a Unesco World Heritage site.

I bought this chocolate and took a picture of it because I know there is no chance it will make it back to Canada.

I bought this chocolate and took a picture of it because I know there is no chance it will make it back to Canada.

Stone Town is famous for its doors.  And Freddie Mercury was born here.

My guide and a nice door.  Something abut India and Arabic influence....my listening skills havent improved.

My guide and a nice door. Something about India and Arabic influence….my listening skills havent improved.

This is the door to the house where Freddie Mercury was born.  Something about lead singer of Queen.

This is the door to the house where Freddie Mercury was born. Something about lead singer of Queen.

Stone Town also was a big slave trading market.  While they’ve demolished the old slave trading place, they have a museum and still have some of the chains and the dungeons where they kept the slaves.  Its difficult to see and understand.

A monument depicting how the slaves were kept.

A monument depicting how the slaves were kept.

And being a seaside town, they have a big market.  He warned me about the smell,  and I had to use all of my will power to not puke or run out.  I said I would be cool and I totally wasn’t.

Its like a regular supermarket except everything is really cheap and covered in flies.

Its like a regular supermarket except everything is really cheap and covered in flies. 

This is octopus.  No, I didn't buy any.

This is octopus. No, I didn’t buy any.

Jaws corner, where the menfolk gather.  Its called that because the men sit around and flap their jaws too much.  It has nothing to do with the shark in the background.  Serious.

Jaws corner, where the menfolk gather. Its called that because the men sit around and flap their jaws too much. It has nothing to do with the shark in the background. Serious.

Just another gorgeous sunset pic.  Sorry, not sorry.

Just another gorgeous sunset pic. Sorry, not sorry.

Overall I loved my time on Zanzibar and if you’re ever in the area I would highly recommend it.  I hope when I come back to climb Kilimanjaro that I can spend some time here again.

This is one empty pack. It didn't last 5 hours. Lame.

This is one empty pack. It didn’t last 5 hours. Lame.

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9 Comments
  1. Reply

    Mom

    November 10, 2016

    Sounds like another memorable leg of the trip. I’d avoid massages from now on if I were you. Glad you are well rested as you will need it as you head out on the Safari. Please keep on touch when you can but it’s unlikely you will have wifi for awhile. Love you!

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    Karen Olson

    November 10, 2016

    I can just imagine the smells of the market! Yuck! I love the first photo with the boats. Looking forward to safari pictures!

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    Kate

    November 11, 2016

    Hi. Loved the pics. I shall add Zanzibar to the travel destination list !
    Enjoy your safari and hope you get to see loads of animals.
    Kate x

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      Kerri

      November 11, 2016

      Thanks Kate! And yes, must add to your list!

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    Auntie Donna

    November 11, 2016

    Such an interesting post, Kerri. Thank you. Robert and I are sitting here in bed, each on our IPods, reading it, and discussing every little detail.

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      Kerri

      November 11, 2016

      You probably commented “where is she going to put that dress?”

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    Annette

    November 11, 2016

    What a unique and special experience! hehe about the beach boys – if they’d know they only had to pressure you a little bit more and you’d have joined them…well, I’m glad they didn’t know that! Bring on the lions, tigers and Kers 😉

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    Aunty Sheryl

    November 11, 2016

    I get so excited when the email comes letting me know you’ve written a new blog ? I usually save the read for a time when I know I won’t be interrupted so I can totally enjoy the experience of all you share ? And as usual this one has been fun and interesting to read ? A little concerning about those beach boys though but so glad you didn’t get caught up in any of that nonsense. Looking forward to your next adventure ?’s and ?’s and ?’s oh my – well probably no ?’s but maybe a ? OK, you stay safe – love ya lots ?

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    Aunty Norma

    November 14, 2016

    Wow love your finding Nemo video looks so refreshing. Have fun on your Safari, safety tips #1 WATCH OUT FOR BIG SNAKES.
    #2 Empty your shoes of spiders and other creepy crawleys
    #3-100. WATCH OUT FOR BIG AND SMALL SNAKES.

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