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Spice it up!

Day i don't know, Stonetown, Zanzibar

We are in Stone town again today.  We had an interesting sleep, not lions this time though.  Ninety five percent of the people here are Muslim and have to pray five times per day.  What does that have to do with us? Well let me tell you.  At 4:45 this am, there was a loud mans voice coming from outside our window...and I mean loud.  There are huge speakers right outside our window, and every time it is time to pray, this alarm goes off (sounds like a bomb raid warning or something) and then this man gets on the speaker with the prayer so that everyone in the block can hear it and pray.  It is so loud and a very startling way to get woken up.  This morning we went on a spice tour.  Zanzibar is also known as Spice Island, and spices, mostly cloves are its only export.  We went to a spice farm and I know it sounds very boring but it was actually really interesting.  Did you know that cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree?  It was a very hands on tour and our guide would for example carve a piece of bark off the tree for us to smell.  Nutmeg comes from the seed of a fruit, turmeric comes from a root, vanilla of course from beans.  It was very cool. We also went to a fruit farm and indulged in coconuts right off the tree, mangoes, lychees, and grapefruit that were larger than our heads.  We bought a bunch of spices to bring home, hint hint for our family ;).  We then had lunch at a local Swahili ladies house. We again sat on the floor in her backyard and had a nice little home cooked meal.  I saw how she was washing her dishes and we could only hope that we don't get sick later today.  We spent the afternoon in the Jozani forest to find some monkeys that are only found in Zanzibar..they are Columbus monkeys that have some reddish tinged hair.  Honestly, I booked this before we came and now that we've just ended a 7day safari this is pretty much the last thing we wanted to do...oops. We tried to breeze through it but the guide had to show us all the trees and pointed out ants and crabs..it was sadly a bit painful.  We decided to head back to the night market to just pick up some street food for dinner.  Again we hope we don't regret this in the morning.  We couldn't resist though, everything looked so good.  They had tonnes of different kabobs like prawn, lobster, scallops and muscles.          We picked a bunch and they definitely looked better than they tasted.  But don't worry we saved the meal with a a nutella and banana pizza...delicious. Nutella can save a meal
in any country!  That was our night really except that a 18year old boy from Zanzibar sat with us because he wanted to practice his English which was kind of nice. 

Posted by tanyatyler 22:01 Archived in Tanzania

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Ooooh!!!! I'm liking the spice idea :) Sounds like you are having such an amazing adventure. Can't wait to see all the pictures.

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