Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Welcome to Zanzibar

Whenever I'm leaving for a week or so and I am unsure about internet access, I try to put up a new Flickr album and a lot of posts to fill the void, so I'm happy to say that the Zanzibar photos are now all online over at Once More - Flickr.

Up until now I had only posted one or two Zanzibar photos as bandwidth was quite limited, so it is nice to revisit the trip.

Zanzibar is a former outpost of the Oman empire and today is still 99% Muslim. It is steeped in a fascinating history and still holds fast to cultural traditions from long ago.

The conservative style of Muslim dress is still quite common among most of the island's inhabitants, and adds tremendously to the environment from the Western tourist's perspective.

The island is the largest of the so-called "spice islands." It was an important stop for men trading spices and slaves. Markets for both could be found here at one time.

The island sits off the coast of Tanzania and is in the beautiful Indian Ocean. When our entirely hand-made wooden boat (no nails) arrived back on shore after our snorkeling trip to the private island of Mnemba, our boat was stormed by naked boys who had been swimming at the beach! It looked like a pirate attack.

If you're interested in reading more about Zanzibar, you can see my earlier posts -- uploaded while I was there a few weeks ago:

Off to Zanzibar
Hello from the Spice Islands
Highlights and Shadows

I'm off now to see the castles of Bavaria. Standing in the cold, it will be hard to imagine that just three short weeks ago this was me jumping into the secluded turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. It is still a big world.


tales_from_the_crib said... pretty...
you're good at taking pictures!

Mom said...


WOW. You really ARE good at taking pictures. They are so perfect they seem unreal.