its been a tough couple of weeks… bright white sand, turquiose sea, massages for a pound, cocktails, fresh seafood, beach side bars- jealous yet??? zanzibar really did live up to all expectations, definitely worth the 40hour journey to get there!! we struck lucky on the bus to Dar es Salaam sitting next to a kenyan pastor called joshua who took us under his wing and arranged for us to stay with his friend, feed us up and put us on a flight to zanzibar the next day- we even got a quick fix of nigerian drama on their tv which was pretty entertaining! so we jet setted onto the tropical islands (greeted by yet another of joshuas friends- pastor networking is definetly the way forward!) and headed straight up north to nungwi where jess and kassia 2 friends from bristol were awaiting, armed with conyagi (local gin) and a collection of welsh boys. we spent 3 days here snorkelling, frisbeeing, and drumming into the early hours- considered the dreadlock look for a while but then came to our senses and decided to head to the east in search of even more idyllic beaches and a chance to sweat out the gin. which is exactly what we found in Ellias’s little beachside pad- a private house directly on the sand boasting sodas on tap, pancakes for breakfast, mariah carey dvd and the to top it off a roof top four poster bed overlooking the beach - maybe slightly wasted on 6 girls but we enjoyed it all the same! we did occasionally make it off our sunloungers enough to fit in a spot of diving/snorkelling and some sailing with the fishermen on the dhows- a life which was pretty difficult to draw ourselves away from! after a week of sun toasting we headed back to stone town where we managed to fit in a spot of shopping before getting an overnight ferry back to the mainland and reality!
from here we bused up into the usumbara mountains finding a lovely little town called lushoto to occupy us for a few days, waterfalls, clifftop views and farm lunches seemed to do this very well!
so now we’re in moshi at the foothills of mount kilimanjaro deciding that rooftop bars overlooking the big hill are enough to satisfy our mountaineering urges, next onto arusha and safari this weekend- cant wait!!!!!!!!!
that actually sounds amazing!im NOT jealous!!argh