The time spent on Zanzibar Island was a whole lot of fun. We managed to do quite a bit while still having lots of time to relax and enjoy the quietness. Breakfasts in the morning were always yummy in the tummy. Fresh fruit and juice were served as well as eggs and toast. The restaurant was located upstairs and looked out over the ocean. A great way to start off each day.
While hanging out on the beach one of the days, our local hustler came up to us and asked if we wanted in on part of the dinner he was going to cook that night. He explained that it was going to be fresh fish, lobster, calamari, rice, chips, and chicken. The cost was $20 a person and after some haggling, we we’re able to talk him down a little and throw in a beer for each of us. Both Lasse and I figured this would be good even though it was a little more than we wanted to spend.
The braai that night consisted of many different travelers that had been staying at different hotels and hostels. There was a beach fire all dugout and set up as well. All of the food was grilled right there on the beach and the whole setting was nice. It was cool to talk and meet some of the other travelers that had shown up as well. One group was from Egypt and after talking with them awhile about scuba diving, they convinced me that I need to go to Egypt because of the great diving there. The food we were served was fresh from the days catch and tasted really good. Each of us had been supplied with enough food. A whole fish and lobster as well to each person. Overall it was worth it to hang out and enjoy dinner on the beach that night around the fire.
Friday night, Lasse and I had heard that one of the hostels down the beach a little ways was throwing a party so we decided to stop on by. They had disco balls set up as well as music and an outside dance floor. There was a pretty good turn out on the amount of people as well. We decided to stay here for a little bit and meet some more people. It was a fun time and ended up talking to people from all over Europe including, Germany, Lithuania, and Austria.
Sunday morning came around and I couldn’t believe a week had already gone by. It was time for Lasse to leave and head back home. With his flight being really early, he caught a taxi at 5:30am. I decided to wake up and say by to him and thank him for such a great time. It was really fun spending the last two and a half weeks with him. Since I was already up I decided it would be good to see the sunrise and capture some pictures. Enjoying the nice sunrise come up over the Indian Ocean was fantastic.
Later on that day I went back to the local burger spot and hung out with one of the locals there that Lasse and I had become friends with. Before Lasse left, we all sat and hung out talking for about 3 hours and today I ended up doing the same. Just conversing and talking about various things and learning about the difference in each other’s life. Kombo was very nice and even though his English was broken a little we had no trouble communicating. He was the nighttime security guard at Hot in Africa Restaurant as well as our server each day. It was great meeting him and being able to spend some quality time talking and learning more about life on Zanzibar from a locals perspective. Making a new friend on this trip was a blessing. I still keep up with him on Facebook.
I loved spending time on Zanzibar and the relaxation of the way of life most people had. Most everyone we met was very friendly and helpful minus some of the police officers. If I had the chance again, I would definitely go back and spend some more time on the island. Being able to do this journey of Kilimanjaro, the safari, and Zanzibar with one of my good friends just made the whole trip that much better.