Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Zanzibar Day 2

Our second day in Zanzibar we had made plans to do some sight seeing. We could have happily spent another day on the beach but we wanted to see what else Zanzibar had to offer. We started with our resort breakfast. I could really get used to this every day. Cappuccino, croissant and all the tropical fruit you can eat! 
Gemma was feeling the tropical vibe as well. She went for the Italian breakfast charcuterie!
Every time we walk around the resort it is like a jungle paradise.

The entrance to our cabana!
My favorite plumeria!
We headed out in a van from our resort with a tour guide to show us some of the local life on the island. We had a sample of the surrounding area when we were arriving from the airport. It was certainly a different kind of life and we wanted to experience more local culture. First stop was a fishing village just north of us.
They build their own boats using very basic and ancient techniques that still work to this day.

The locals humored us and even let us pose with them and the boats.
They use fire to seal the boat so it does not leak.
After the fishing village we stopped at a roadside shop that manufactures the nails they use in making the boat. They use coal that is made on the island and the girls each got a turn to stoke the fire with the fans.
While many of the buildings and techniques seemed rudimentary to us they are tried and true and still work to this day. There is not a complete lack of technology though. Even the smallest of structures had electricity and every person we saw on the island had a cell phone. Even if you live in a mud wall home and don't wear shoes.

We also stopped at a very small village made up of several small homes made with this mud wall structure and palm leave roofs. They have running water from one tap located in the center of the village.
They seemed happy to allow us to stop and visit and see their homes, with a small monetary gift to thank them of course.
We stopped to see a brick making shop. Most of the homes are made up of these cinder blocks. They cost about 75 cents per block so a family will buy each block as they can afford them and slowly build their home.  He said the unfinished structures you see all around the island are family homes that they are slowly building as they can afford it.
We also stopped at a wood working shop where they carve beautiful decorative designs in the wood for homes, hotels and shops. They trace the design in with pencil and then use carving tools to make the design. They we beautiful and I would love to have a set of these doors in my home.

We saw many examples of the beautiful carved doors throughout the capital of Stone Town.
We arrived in Stone Town by mid afternoon and stopped at a cafe for a light lunch. It was then on to touring stone town with our guide. It was pretty warm and humid so our little travelers were fading fast.
The city is pretty run down and many buildings are crumbling. They are a historical site and all the construction to repair the buildings has to be done according to heritage guidelines to maintain authenticity.  We saw the home where Freddy Mercury was born which is a tourist favorite.
We also walked through the local markets full of spices, vegetables and fruits. It was very busy and bustling with activity.
The walk through the fish market was very fragrant. We had some real pinched noses down that one.

Our last stop was at the slave market where African people were sold to ships to be brought to distant lands like America to be used as slaves. Stone Town was the last place where the sale of slaves in Africa stopped and it was thanks to Dr David Livingstone. There is now a church there to honor him.
We made it back to our resort for late afternoon and a dip in the pool before dinner. It was a long day and we saw a lot of the island and how people live. We were glad to experience more of Zanzibar than just the resort and hopefully the girls got a taste of what the people and children of Zanzibar live like.

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