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sipping cocktails by the indian ocean

ahh... this is the life!

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So Sunday we travelled to Dar es Salaam. Everyone was very excited to see the ocean. OUr campsite was out of the city a lttle and on the beach. we had cocktails from coconut shells!!! We were in transit for the last time to get there, probably not going to miss the long journeysd but it has given me the opportunity to see lots ofthe countries.

ON Monday we took a finally short trip in Kafaru to the ferry port, where we said goodbye to our drive and truck. we took a short ferry over to Dar and then another across to Zanzibar. Some sea sicknes felt, but i fell asleep and it was all better. Missed the film tho!!!

On arrival in Stone Town we had to transfer up to the beach in the north. When we finaly gotthere there was much excitment and of course quickly in the ocean. the sand is so fine and white, and the ocean so clear. it is much more humid here so the swim was welcomed.

On tuesday we went snorkelling. i didnt get too far away from the boat, because i wasnt confident enough, but i still got to see lots of the fish and some coral. a little worried about jelly fish reports, but i went unscathed. we also saw 4 dolphins jumping on by our boat!!! in the evening we went on what is commonly called a booze cruise! needless to say we had a really great night!

On wednesday we had a chilled out day, swimming and walking along the beach. there were lots of little stores along the beach sellinbg curios, but aparently the governmen decided that they cant be there anymore so they were all shutting down. quite good for me becuase i got an awesome ainting cheap! but also added somemore to my baggage allowance!

we had a big group dinner with entertainment this evening, some acrobatics and fire eating!!! it was also karaoke!!!

thusday morning we had to go back to stone town. on the way we did a spice tour where they showed us all round the different plants that they make into spices. such as cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, lemon grass etc. also we saw a boy climnb a coconut tree and then threw them down to us so we could drink the mil;k and eat it. we then reached stone towqn and learnt about the slave trade.

we had the afternoon free so i tried to find the post office so i could send home my bedding to save space in my rucksack, the post office were unhelpful and dhl wantd to charge a small fortune, tho it would be abck before me!!! ill try again in dar. after a group of us met in a bar dedicated to freddy mercury because he was bron here. we then headed to meet the rest of the group to watch the sun set over the ocean. after some cocktails we headed to the fish market for dinner. lots of stalls selling the days catch. not being a fan of sea food, i did try shark, but i particularly enjoyd the zanzibar pizza, whioch is actually more like an omlete, but i is soo tasty, i had one savory and on sweet. then back to mercurys for fairwell drinks and to wish bethan a hayy birthday.

this morning myself, charlie and birthday girl bethan have returned to th beach for a couple of nights. i plan on going scuba diving tomorrow!!! well off to enjoy the beach and sun now, i hear its raing back home!!!!!

Posted by leiasj 12:28 Archived in Tanzania

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