Sunday, September 9, 2007

Highlights and Shadows

Today was pretty much a day in tropical paradise. It is a bit strange though, because the environment on the coast is so beautiful, but on the inside this is still one of the very poorest nations in the world. There are a few grades used when classifying poverty, and at the bottom end we have outright "poverty" which is people living on $2 per day, and then "extreme poverty" which describes countries where the average citizen is living on less than $1 per day. Tanzania/Zanzibar is in this classification. Thus, in Zanzibar you pass people who live in abject poverty and lack the basic necessities in life (food, shelter, water, basic sanitation), and then you come through the clearing and run into this:

Today was the last day of our little vacation from our work, and so a few of us went snorkeling in the Indian Ocean. There were closer places to go, but I went all the way up to the north shore of the island and then out to the tiny private island of Mnemba. The downside was that it took so long to get out there and back that we only had about 30 minutes of snorkeling before we had to head back to catch our plane, but the upside was that it looked just like that picture I took.

It felt like "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" on the way back, only it was "Planes, Boats, and Dalla-Dallas" (the scary van/buses) getting back to Moshi, Kilimanjaro.

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