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Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Up way too early nursing a bit of a headache and back in the minibus down to Stonetown. The driver was using 2 exposed wired that he would pinch together and sound his car alarm as a horn! I presumed the normal horn was broken, but half way into the journey he started using that interspersed with the car alarm. Not sure what the difference was and why in one situation he would use one over the other.

Got persuaded by my bus driver to check out a different hotel to the Flamingo, the one that I had stayed in before. Though it wasn't as good I was too lazy to change once I was there, it was only for one night after all!

I have to say I love Stonetown and Zanzibar in general. It's so easy to spend the day wandering the small streets, sitting in cafes and checking out the internet.

Of course my evening routine did not change. Sunset, beer, fish BBQ and gelato.

I said goodbye to Annie and Jason before returning to my hotel, the Annex of Abdullah, to watch TV in my room. I think it's the first room I've had that has had a TV in the room and I made the most of it before falling sound asleep. Well deserved sleep that night after the late night shenanigans from the previous evening.

The next morning and at 5am I found out why my hotel was called the Annex of Abdullah. I'm guessing that Abdullah's was the mosque that I think had placed a loud speaker either directly on my roof or pointing at my room. I nearly fell out of bed I jumped so much once the call to prayers started. Not too much to report from today apart from a bit more street wandering. Chinese food for lunch. You can always rely on finding a Chinese restaurant where ever you are in the world! Stonetown had the China Delight.

Annie was a bit of a surfer chick and this got me thinking about learning how to surf in Cape Town if I got there early. Her and Jason where heading there next, although some other people had told me the waters off Cape Town were extremely cold and maybe I should wait until Durban! I'd also had a chat with a Swiss couple the previous night about Namibia and was now all excited to go there. Along with Ethiopia and Uganda, Namibia was one of my top 3 destinations I wanted to visit before I'd left Boston.

Picked up my luggage for the 4pm ferry back to Dar for what was a pleasant trip. I thought I'd mix it up a bit and try out the YWCA this time. It turned out to be a bad move as unlike the YMCA this place didn't serve beer and I found myself back in the YMCA on a few occasions!

Back to Chef's Pride that evening. Tasty mango juice here, it reminded me a lot of traveling in India where Francois and I would always drink a couple of mango juices each day.
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M Brooks on

We had the worst experience at this place. The guide at the harbour referred us to this hotel. Dirty room, poor beds with bedbugs! Service was really bad, when we refused to stay, they wanted to charge us USD10 per person as they claimed they have paid a commission to the guide who brought us. They refused to let us leave until I had to pay USD5 per person even when I am not staying there. When it comes to business and money, Zanzibar sucks, I'm never going back to this hotel which spoiled its name.

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