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Feb 17, 2018 - Leaving Arusha

So the biggest thing that happened is Kieran McIntyre Moe was born, a little early but a healthy weight. I am so excited. I am cutting the trip by a couple of days which is fine. I am going to Zanzibar but just cut it short. I am on miles but Emirates had availability for me to leave on Tuesday rather than Thursday and my good friend Jan got it arranged. Because my miles are on Alaska, I had to rebook through them. I can’t call them from here and am not eligible to rebook online. My last day at school was yesterday (Friday). The director...

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Jan 27, 2018 - Stonetown Zanzibar

Zanzibar - what an image the name conjures: the aroma of spices, Arabic merchants' houses crowding in on narrow mysterious alleys overhung with a myriad of electric cables, finely carved ancient doors with rows of brass studs around which a builder would construct the rest of the house. Possibly the least architecturally pleasing house is the one in which Freddy Mercury grew up, a yellow 1930s style block of apartments but still a shrine to devoted fans of course. Control passed from the Portuguese in 1698 to that of the Sultan of Oman...

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Aug 7, 2016 - Blog Four - Kenya and Zanzibar

Blog Four – Kenya and Zanzibar Tuesday 2 August 2016 Shaking things up a bit this morning we headed out for an early safari at 6:30am heading out for a couple of hours before brekkie. It was a nice change and with the sky just starting to lighten when we headed out we managed to catch sunrise over the plain and again capture Kili, probably slightly better than yesterday afternoon. Apparently this is the first day in a month or so that Kili has been able to be seen for the dust and smoke so while we didn’t get a great sighting, at least we...

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Nov 9, 2014 - 28 October - Zanzibar

We took the foot ferry from our camp site to Dar es Salaam this morning, then the passenger ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar - arriving early afternoon. Then we went to our hotel in Stonetown, the main town on the island. Our guide, Daniel, showed us round and took us to the ATM so we could get money out for lunch. Then we did some shopping and later visited the night market for some kebabs. The next day Daniel took us on a walking tour of Stonetown where we looked at the old buildings (made of coral, which is how the town got its...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Zanzibar Pwani Mchangani Final Few Post

Good bye to Africa and DAR final. Mix of final pictures. Great fun. Weather was great. Traffic horrible. People middle of the road...some really aggressive women!!! ha 98% Muslim... They tolerate us ha. Meet great new friends in Zanzibar. Glad the ferry made it safe!!! Next Turkey

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Mar 8, 2014 - Zanzibar, Waikiki Motel in Pwani Mchangani

We stayed 2 nights in DAR on the beach at MEDITERRANEO Hotel & Restaurant - Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania.f It was a beautiful mid-priced motel on the Ocean. We only left with a taxi to a ATM. We had to rest up and enjoyed reading watching the sea and local people go by. On Saturday we took the Ferry (I was hesitant on this as a ferry did go down in) At least 20 passengers are still missing after the MV Kilimanjaro II ferry was struck with strong waves in the Nungwi area in Zanzibar Sunday (January 5th), throwing several passengers overboard,...

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Oct 23, 2013 - Zanzibar

I try to keep myself reasonably fit but I think I need to re-examine my fitness routine. I was on Zanzibar Island cycling down the road from our resort to the village of Kiwengwa. I saw a cyclist ahead of me and as I was going downhill I soon caught up with him. Actually he was not alone as his wife was riding side-saddle on the rear carrier and his 3 year old son was between his arms on the bar on his ancient bicycle. This is a common sight in Tanzania and Zanzibar. I said “Jambo” (hello in Swahili) and continued on my way. A few minutes...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Safari on the water

Well we were up and at the front desk for our pick up, today it was Ibraham a private driver for hire that Safari Blue uses to transfer clients. We had a very interesting ride Ibraham was quite informative along our 1 1/2 hour ride there telling us about the little villages and pointing out interesting spots. You'll have to ask us more about the ride, as we talked about politics and farming and tourism and he was quite interesting. We travelled all the way back South (past Stone Town) to Fumba for our Safari Blue trip. It was quite busy,...

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Oct 11, 2013 - Bungalow on the Beach

Okay firstly I should apologize for my horrible spelling. Those who know me know i rely on spell check at the best of times, the blogsite doesn't point out your mistakes and then I am typing on an iPad on the blog so there are likely some that I just can't see either. We were up and downstairs about 8am for breakfast, although neither of us wanted anything. So we ended up just sitting in the lobby on the swing waiting for our guide(s). Ali from yesterday and Mudy (green shirt) who meet us in the airport along with a driver scooped us up...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Negotiating the streets of Stone Town

Had a decent nights sleep (again under a mosquito net - you know they aren't as 'romantic' when you actually have to use them all the time as the photographs can look - but the ones at this hotel are much better than the ones at the Livingstone hotel). We made it downstairs with enough time for breakfast - fresh fruit, eggs and toast. Then our guide was there and we were off for our tour of Stone Town. Glad that we had a guide to lead us around the narrow twisty streets and laneways, most all without any names (honestly - just nicknames...

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Oct 9, 2013 - tropical island weather

We land this morning in Zanzibar, Tanzania ...hot and humid here (30+) on this island is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. We arrive to our hotel in amongst the higgley piggley streets, small narrow, and definately not laid out on a grid, or any other logical system. This will be a challenge negotiating our way around. The hotel (Dhow Palace) is full of Morrocan flair and antique furniture. We are so glad to see an a/c unit in the room :) and actually a tv too (will be nice to catch some world news!) Beat from the overnight flight, and after...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Once famous for its spices, in Zanzibar...Africa meets the Orient in a maze of beautiful buildings, beautiful bazaars, and stunning sandy white beaches. The capitol, Stone Town, with its winding narrow streets and colorful markets offers a fascinating step back in time. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a truly intriguing experience to walk through history. The Islands spice plantations offer some of the world's finest cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Zanzibar is steeped in a rich and fascinating history, which is reflected in...

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