Sorry no blog update yesterday or Sunday. We were traveling and getting settled in the new lodge. The internet at the new place is a little quirky (big surprise). It seems to go off each night when I am trying to post so heres a Monday update for the entire weekend. Saturday morning, we left Arusha for Zanzibar. The flight was only a little over an hour. The airport was typical of the small African airports that we have seen here. We were holding up the line because they were actually handwriting our boarding passes. They also hit us up for 5,000 shillings more each. The lady said it was a "new government tax." It seemed a little sketchy, but not worth arguing about.
|Handwritten boarding pass|
|Bad picture but we finally got to see Kilimanjaro|
|Approaching the island|
|Street approaching our place|
|Chilling in the treehouse|
|Mine and Kelsey's room|
|Sunset outside the hotel|
|Bar at the treehouse|
Sunday, we got up early for breakfast and then headed out to do a "spice tour." The biggest sources of income for the island are sales from spices (mainly cloves, followed by cinnamon). We tried lots of different types. I had never seen most of them growing. The first one we came upon was a nutmeg tree. We then saw lemongrass, cinnamon, black pepper, cacao, cloves. It was a fun day. After the walking tour, of course they had plenty of all of them to sell to us.
|Road through the spice farm|
|Our guide showing us nutmeg he pulled off a tree|
|Kelsey with an uncomfortable smile |
while she gets her palm jewelry
|Yes I am wearing a palm frond tie |
and crown one of the guides made for me
|Our guide and his two assistants|
|Lunch at the spice farm|
After we got back to our hotel, we took a boat ride to the "slave chambers." This was a secret area on the northern part of the island where they continued the slave trade after it became illegal in the mid 19th century. The boat we took was a rundown fishing boat with a small outboard motor. It took us an hour and fifteen minutes to get there. After the ride, he aimed the boat at what looked like an abandoned beach. We climbed off and headed up a nearly invisible walkway that had been carved out of the coral more than 100 years ago. Once we got thru the foliage, we saw the coral roof of the underground slave chamber. Our guide helped us walk down inside and showed us the holes in the wall where the chains used to be attached. Zanzibar was a huge hub of slave trading, and this was a rather depressing reminder of that major part of the island's history.
|Climbing onto our boat|
|View of our boat from the coral cliffs |
above the hidden slave chambers
|Seth climbing down into the caves|
|This is where they kept the secret slaves |
after the abolition of the official slave trade
After heading back down, we visited another beach. On this beach, our guide took us snorkeling. There were sea urchins on the bottom and we saw a few fish, but we didn't go out far enough to really see anything big. (although we did see monkeys in the trees when we came back). The boat ride home was beautiful. Another perfect sunset to end a really, really nice day.