A vacation from the vacation
Trip Start Jun 20, 2003
20Trip End Mar 01, 2004
Zanzibar is an island two hours by ferry (or vomit comet, as Susan remembers it) off the coast of Tanzania, and has been important in the Spice Trade for centuries. As a result, Zanzibar is a very interesting blend of Swahili, Arabic, and Indian cultures
The beaches and the diving, however, are what draws most people to Zanzibar, and they do not disappoint. We managed to spend a good amount of time at two beaches, one on the eastern side of the island (Kwenda) and one on the western (Matemwe). Kwenda was a beautiful swimming beach and the water was quite warm. The best part was that people would walk down the beaches selling mangos, coconuts, and other fruits, and then cut it up for you right there on the beach. Matemwe beach, however, was simply astounding. We would just walk for hours on the white sand staring at the ocean and the palm trees. There were not many people on Kwenda, but even fewer on Matemwe.
We were hoping on finishing our scuba certification, but they didn't recommend novice divers go out since the currents were currently quite strong
As you can see, we had a simply lovely time in Zanzibar. The only negative thing was that Susan lost the sapphire ring I gave her on our first Valentines Day together back in high school. It slipped off her finger at Kwenda while we were swimming in the ocean. We knew something like this might happen (which is why we didn't take the wedding ring on the trip), but it was still disappointing -- especially since it has served as the "something borrowed, something blue" in half a dozen of our friends' weddings.
In any event, we are now done with our East African detour and off to resume the rest of the trip as we had planned it. We only have about eight or nine days left before our flight from South Africa to Europe, and so we have decided to spend it all in Cape Town in South Africa rather than running around the country in a rush. Hope its a good decision!