|fish at the market|
|Treasures we find when getting lost on our walk|
We ate an early dinner facing the beautiful sea, and waded in the warm water. At the hotel, we read then went to the roof to hang laundry; and there was a big wedding party going on—except it was all women! (Muslim men apparently party at some other place.) We could see them bobbing their dances in the window.
|No Malaria for me|
They sang for hours—call and response—and when they started leaving, we watched the parade of amazing dresses and headpieces flow from the hall. I woke to the calls of prayer at 5AM and looked at the stars from the roof.
|These are used for walls, shingles, window covering, etc.|
|Cloves drying along the road|
They dropped us at Mohammed’s bungalows, where we walked through a little village with a central well where women were pulling up water with a plastic container on the end of a rope. Goats and chickens were walking around, and we soon found we were the only guests there. We wanted to snorkel and also make it to our next place in the SE part of the island. We walked to a diving place, but he wanted me to do a refresher course before taking me out (smart on his part, actually—I don’t remember much), and it would take 2 days. So we asked Mohammed (who is one of the few Tanzanians with hotel business; most are Europeans) if he could take us out snorkeling.
|Jim look at that boat construction!|
|They walked the boat at low tide|
|The island around where we snorkeled|
|Communicating with water maps|
|Les "takes the bait"|
He called boatman Hadj and his son who took us to the island where we saw lots of fish, sea snake, helicopter and long fish, a beautiful spotted ray, and a white fish you couldn’t see unless you disturb them. The son picked up an old piece of coral for us to hold, and inside were lots of tiny blue fish; it was like holding a magic ball. The water was the warmest I’ve ever snorkeled in. Hadj yelled to us that the tide was going out. We went back and because the inner channel was shallow, they got out and walked the boat. Once we got out and pushed. Hadj got a sea urchin stuck in his foot and I pulled out what I could with my fingernails. Eventually we could go no further, we walked to the shore and home, happy with our adventure. Les’s new shoes did well in this situation, but they don’t feel good on his feet, so he will give them to Hadj before we leave. Les took a couple of tumbles, one into the hole of the hull, rolling like a tumbleweed, and another getting into the boat and falling backwards with pack on. Yikes. Dinner was the best calamari I’ve ever had, we relaxed in a hammock (a woven bed of branches raised between two trees) and watched the stars emerge, with a strong sea wind in our faces.
November 22—We had breakfast and went out to wait for the dalla-dalla. A taxi van came by and offered to drive us for $30US. We said we would wait for the bus. Eventually he took us for what we were willing to pay for the public transport. Yeay.
We went to the bus lot in Stone City and caught the next one to Jambiani where Pakachi Resort awaited us. When asked to pay a guy, I said I’d pay the conductor. I wasn’t about to make that mistake again. It ended up even cheaper than I thought it would be. When it rained, they put our bags on our laps. Other than the bolt in my back as we rode, it was a lovely ride. A Maasai warrior was in there with us too; and a white woman!
After we were dropped off, we borrowed the snorkeling gear and went out into the hot sea! It was cooler a distance out, but nothing we could see. Then a swim. After we got back, the sea retreated WAAAY out there. People went out to gather seaweed for soap making.
We met a nice German couple who love to travel. Man Tomas and Karen had quite the adventures roughing it when they were younger!
|Lumber yard. Build your home with this.|
November 24—Breakfast, a little business and off to catch the dalla-dalla. At one point there were 32 people and 4 infants on board a truck with benches around the back and a roof. We took a van to the airport, had a little trouble getting a flight, had a real shot of espresso at the airport and sailed off over the small bit of ocean to Dar Es Salaam.