Category: Tanzania 2015/16

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It's Good to Stay at the....

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It’s Good to Stay at the….

Stone Town to Dar Es Salaam: It’s Good to Stay at the…. Dec 28 “Young man, are you listening to me?” I am lacking sleep because I think my Facebook and email accounts were hacked into through the internet at Sofia’s place.  That really happens?  Really?  Marc had been suspicious of it happening to him through her internet and last night things got fishy on me.  So, I was up until 02:00 changing passwords to accounts and the hassle of...

Stone Town, Zanzibar: 73 Year Old Energy

Stone Town, Zanzibar: 73 Year Old Energy

Stone Town, Zanzibar: 73 Year Old Energy. Dec 27 Derrick from Germany, 73 – “How was it at home?” German friend Marc – “Beautiful.” Derrick – “No, a woman is beautiful.  Temperatures are hot or cold.  How was it?” Marc – “It was hot.” And that is the mind of a 73 year old German man I met today named Derrick. It was the slow beginning of a day, and it took Marc, Sofia and I until 14:00 to get...

Michamvi to Stone Town, Zanzibar: Goodbye Full Package

Michamvi to Stone Town, Zanzibar: Goodbye Full Package

Michamvi to Stone Town, Zanzibar: Goodbye Full Package. Dec 26 If you want to save money when you travel, end up in a fling with an attractive woman who runs a restaurant.  That will really take care of some costs!  If she has a washing machine, you have basically achieved platinum status.  I have had a blast with this Ms. Tanzanian Pageant and she sure has taken care of me.  She did not even let me buy a single drink...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Merriment Awesomeness!

Michamvi Zanzibar: Merriment Awesomeness!

Michamvi Zanzibar: Merriment Awesomeness! Dec 25 I had a nice sleep in and went to see Ms. Tanzanian Pageant at her restaurant.  She was in a super fun mood full of Merriment.  She was about to cook us lunch, pointed to the blackness at the bottom of a large pot from a propane powered burner and said, “I look like here.”  Funny. Marc from Germany was out again today with Ms. Tanzanian Pageant’s sister.  I told Marc I will leave...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Empty Santa's Sack

Michamvi Zanzibar: Empty Santa’s Sack

Michamvi Zanzibar: Empty Santa’s Sack. Dec 24 Christmas already?  The Earth gets around the sun in a hurry! Spending Christmas day swimming in bathtub-warm turquoise blue waters is not such a bad way to spent the festive season.  In the later afternoon I went to hang around with Ms. Tanzanian Pageant at her restaurant/bar where I helped her to blow up balloons and hang Christmas decorations.  It is a white Christmas for me with perfect powder sand that makes everyone...

Michamvi Tanzania: The Good Life?

Michamvi Tanzania: The Good Life?

Michamvi Tanzania: The Good Life? Dec 23 Sometimes you do not realize you are caught up in The Good Life is until someone points it out to you.  Ms. Tanzanian Pageant’s sister’s German boyfriend was at the beach restaurant bar when I arrived today at 11:00.  He is in his 40’s and he said, “I look at your life and I think, wow.  You have it pretty good.  I am not sure if you could have gotten a better start...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Accidentally Smooth

Michamvi Zanzibar: Accidentally Smooth

Michamvi Zanzibar: Accidentally Smooth. Dec 22 People here in Zanzibar are not so tied to technology, so they are not so busy with nothing, yet, and they have time for other people.  Do you ever/always feel like there are not enough hours in the day?  There seems to be too many hours in the day here.  If you need to go somewhere to do something, and it will take you an hour to go there and back, but you do...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Beans vs Mashed

Michamvi Zanzibar: Beans vs Mashed

Michamvi Zanzibar: Beans vs Mashed. Dec 21 Ms. Tanzanian Pageant fed me lunch at her restaurant.  She came to my bungalow to get me in the afternoon to see if I wanted to meet her sister who had just arrived to see her.  Her sister was with a German man.  I guess they think outside of Tanzania…  But here is the thing: her sister was in a car accident three months ago.  She is still on crutches.  Her husband died...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Trouble with Two Women

Michamvi Zanzibar: Trouble with Two Women

Michamvi Zanzibar: Trouble with Two Women. Dec 20 Ms. Tanzanian Pageant, 25, really struggles with English in the morning.  She is good with the language during the day, but first thing in the morning is a lot of work…  What?  What?  What?  I don’t know? I went to see Ms. Tanzanian Pageant for lunch and gave her a Beatles shirt today that is too small for me and three extra pairs of socks that are taking up space in my...

Michamvi: The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar!

Michamvi: The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar!

Michamvi: The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar! Dec 19 There is The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar, close to where I am staying.  I caught a dola-dola, told the driver where I wanted to go, and he dropped me off after turning around twice on the road for some unknown reason.  This is Africa! I walked through a small village down to the beach, and there was the restaurant…  The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar, is a massive rock close to the shore...

Michamvi Zanzibar - Sing the Moment In

Michamvi Zanzibar – Sing the Moment In

Michamvi Zanzibar – Sing the Moment In. Dec 18 Ms. Tanzanian Pageant left at 07:00 and I slept again until 09:30.  She showed up again at 10:30, and invited me for breakfast at her restaurant in Michamvi Zanzibar.  I told her that I would just head into the village to eat, but she said she had already prepared it.  She has been on me about not eating.  I eat, but I guess she is not used to someone who only...

Michamvi Zanzibar: Little Ms Tanzania Pageant

Michamvi Zanzibar: Little Ms Tanzania Pageant

Michamvi Zanzibar: Little Ms Tanzania Pageant. Dec 17 I no longer like the energy at Nungwi, as I felt my own was being sucked out of me by the beach boys hassling me, so I pulled the plug and hit the road today. I caught a dola-dola to Stone Town.  A Portuguese girl was in the front seat inside of the truck and the middle was free, so I rode down in luxury inside of the vehicle until we picked...

Nungwi to Kedwa Zanzibar: Long Walks on the Beach

Nungwi to Kedwa Zanzibar: Long Walks on the Beach

Nungwi to Kedwa Zanzibar: Long Walks on the Beach. Dec 16 It was time to see something as I feel like I am living in a beach corner of the world, so I went for about t three hour walk today.  I find walking along the beach to be very meditative.  I can iron out some things in my mind that are eating me.  I need to get out of here.  I talked to Mark in Taiwan last night and...

Nungwi Zanzibar: Chalk the White Guy

Nungwi Zanzibar: Chalk the White Guy

Nungwi Zanzibar: Chalk the White Guy. Dec 15 It rained here today.  And it rained a lot.  It rained all through the night with crazy thunder that woke me at 07:00 and then it rained all day into the afternoon.  There is a lot of water laying everywhere.  The village is nothing but puddles.  But it is hot, and it is so nice to be here.  It is no problem to handle rain in the heat! I went for a...

Nungwi Zanzibar: A Head of Exotic Follicles

Nungwi Zanzibar: A Head of Exotic Follicles

Nungwi Zanzibar: A Head of Exotic Follicles. Dec 14 As I went for a walk, I heard a local girl say hello to me from a great distance.  I could just see that she was wearing an orange dress.  I was gone for about an hour and when I came back, she was sitting with a couple of local gentlemen on a step close to where my guesthouse is located.  As I came by, she was saying hello again and...

Nungwi Zanzibar: Mr. HQP

Nungwi Zanzibar: Mr. HQP

Nungwi Zanzibar: Mr. HQP. Dec 13 I woke up at lunch and went to the beach at Nungwi Zanzibar for the afternoon.  I spent a couple of hours laying in a hammock watching the tide come in and out and then went to sit in the sand.  A local tout came and asked me if I wanted to go for a ride in a boat for the afternoon.  I told him about my night last night.  He had big eyes...

Zanzibar, Tanzania, net fishing

Local Night Net Fishing in Zanzibar

Dec 12 I was tired, but I got up in time for the guesthouse breakfast in Nungwi, Zanzibar.  It is a free meal, and I need to think about money more than sleep.  As I was eating, James, my Tanzanian friend, came to find me to tell me that he had been at the fish-market this morning and he talked with one of his friends who said that they would take me out on the fishing boat to work with...

Stone Town to Nungwi - Worlds Last Open Slave Market

Stone Town to Nungwi – Worlds Last Open Slave Market

Stone Town to Nungwi – Worlds Last Open Slave Market. Dec 11 Free guesthouse breakfast, check-out, and head to the Anglican Christ Chruch Cathedral which is the former site of the worlds last open slave market.  Legend has it that that alter of the church now sits above a tree where slaves were whipped to show their strength and hardness.  There are holding cells for the males and for the females under the church.  Slaves from central and east African...

Stone Town Zanzibar - Being Uncool

Stone Town Zanzibar – Being Uncool

Stone Town Zanzibar – Being Uncool. Dec 10 I basically worked on my website all day to get it ready to spring out.  And with technology, I had a lot of help from my friend Rob who is two continents away.  The modern world…  I am using my little hotel room as an office and I am sure that the guys running this guesthouse think that I am lame, and wonder what I am doing in my room all day...

Frankfurt to Zanzibar Tanzania - African Touchdown

Frankfurt to Zanzibar Tanzania: African Touchdown

Frankfurt to Zanzibar Tanzania: African Touchdown. Dec 9 I was lucky on my red-eye flight and I had my seat and the one beside it to myself.  Yeah!  I am flexible enough that I can sleep curled up on two seats and get a real night of rest.  I woke up somewhere over Africa and about 45 minutes before we were to land in Zanzibar we passed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya.  …From the window of my plane as we flew...