Spice island

I spent the last part of my spring break week in exotic Zanzibar.

IMG_3715Zanzibar is what put the “zan” in Tanzania when the nations of Zanzibar and Tanganyika united in 1964. Zanzibar is an archipelago of two large and several small islands. Although people sometimes refer to the biggest island as Zanzibar, its proper name is Unguja. That’s where we went.

My daughter Alekka and three of my ICS teacher friends were already at the guesthouse at Paje Beach when I arrived late Wednesday night.

 

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We spent the next few days swimming, eating, drinking, sunning, and snorkeling.

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We did manage to fit in a little bit of proper sightseeing at a spice plantation.

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We also spent some time in Stone Town, the main (only) city on the island. Stone Town was site of an Arab fort since at least 1700. It became a thriving center for both the spice trade and the slave trade in the 19th century.

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Favorite fun fact about Stone Town: Freddie Mercury was born here.

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About lornaofarabia

I am a teacher from Medford, Oregon. I currently live and work in Cairo, Egypt.
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