Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Eid Holiday Part 2

     When we last left off I told you about the stunning beaches of Zanzibar.  My travel buddy and I decided to visit Stonetown, the capital of Zanzibar. Stonetown was located about an hour away from where we were staying. Before we explored Stonetown we went to Prison Island. Prison Island is a 25 minute boat ride from Stonetown.

    The funny thing is Prison Island was never actually used as a prison. It was built to be a prison, but ended up being used as a quarantine area for the Spanish Flu and yellow fever. Later, four endangered tortoises from Seychelles were brought there are a sanctuary. There are now 125 tortoises living on Prison Island.

  They write their age on their back.
   The island also holds a hotel and a restaurant. Towards the rear of the island there is a spectacular view.


We proceded back to Stonetown and received a guided tour. Stonetown is composed of a maze of alleys, littered with mosques and numerous shops in which you can bug anything from jewelry to art to clothing.

 I purchased this lovely painting to add to my world art collection:

   I tend to buy black and white art because I am not sure what I will have in the future and what I will have in terms of decor.  Nevertheless, when I got home and hung this piece I wish it had a little more color.
   Stonetown was the home of the last known slave market. Slaves were bought and traded to the Middle East. Where the slave market once resided there is now an Anglican Church. 

     We also explored the markets. The meat and fish markets were the most interesting. I just have to say that since I have been back I have not touched meat. The meat market traumatised me.  Cow heads, hearts, livers and cow skins, strewn all over the place disgusted me. Men had their feet proped up next to the merchandise and the flies were turning up.  

   The fish market wasn't as bad.

     All in all I loved Zanzibar and I am so happy that I had a chance to go. 

    Once again thank you for reading and please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to know who actually reads this mess. 


  1. Long time BGGF reader here! So enjoying reading about your experiences. To add a nice - and changeable - pop of color, you could mat the picture on a colored background (or put a colored background right behind it).

  2. I so want to go to Zanzibar. Inshallah I will get the opportunity. Was it super expensive like the Maldives?

  3. Hey Miss H, I'm still here reading and enjoying your posts. -Dee

  4. Hi there! I am a new reader who is hoping to teach abroad in the middle east next year!

  5. Hello! So glad you are back. One month is too long!! I find myself looking for your posts as I am zoning out in my cubicle in Denver,Colorado waiting for my turn! Keep it coming I love it!

  6. Hi yes!!! Still reading along for the last year! I come by every week to see what new things you are up to and how your experiences are going!

  7. I love the blog! I've tried to comment before but it never posted, hopefully this one will go through. I'm also teaching in Abu Dhabi and your blog has helped me a lot, so thanks for posting :)