Our trip to Zanzibar started with bad news. A day before our departure, we were disappointed to learn that the Dreamliner (Boeing 787) we were looking forward to flying was, along with all of it’s like, grounded.
We were headed for Dar es Salam, in Tanzania. When we checked in at the Dubai airport, I found out for the first time that the country is not pronounced as I have always pronounced it TanzanKNEEa. No No. TAHnZAHNia. It took some getting used to, but we had to fast because our flight out of Dar es Salam to Zanzibar was delayed for five hours. Nothing to do but drink beer!
Eventually we boarded an ATR puddle jumper. The puddle was a small part of the Indian Ocean. It was a very quick flight over some very blue water. Zanzibar is surrounded by coral reefs, so it is quite photogenic, but I did not have the window seat, so you will just have to take my word for it.
Once we arrived in Stone Town we were in an entire community designated as a World Heritage site.
We then set out exploring the town. In Stone Town, that means getting lost!
The next day we set out again, there was still much to see. Before I visited Stone Town, I did not know the difference between Freddy Mercury and the planet Mercury. In case you don’t either, Freddy Mercury was born with the name Farrokh Bulsara, in Stone Town, and went on to become the lead singer for the rock band Queen. Fitting a guy from Stone Town would become famous for a song called We Will Rock You, eh?
The dark part of Stone Town history is that it was a major center for slave trading. Led in part by Dr. Stanley Livingston, the slave trade was abolished. There is a large Christian church built over the slave market. and a sort of museum is maintained so people do not forget.
That covers our first 24 hours on the wonderful Island of Zanzibar. Next post…well come back and see!
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