This past weekend, we took a much needed vacation to Zanzibar. I told Cody I would be able to go if he arranged everything for us so that I could get enough work done to take two entire days off, and luckily for him he was able to do it with the help of some friends.
David and Bego invited us and we tagged along with them while they traveled with two other new found friends John and Mercedes. David and Bego are new like us, but John and Mercedes have been in Dar for awhile, so they were the experts.
At 2:15, right after work, we took a bajaj (motorized four seat, three wheel motor bike) from our reliable driver Justin and headed down to the marina. After warding off some people trying to make a buck, we found our way into the ticket office and then down onto the ferry. For everyone living in Dar, remember that you can get a residence price at most businesses, even with ferry tickets and hotels.
The ferry took two hours, but we opted for the slightly more expensive ticket, so we got to sit upstairs inside the cabin and watch TV. Luckily for us, Mike Tysons first 17 fights were on the television. They were playing an ESPN DVD documentary. It was great!
We got there 2 hours later and were met by a driver, Mr. Zanzibar. Thanks to Mercedes and John, we were all set to arrive at our destination with a short 1 hour taxi ride ahead of us. The port was beautiful and not as hot or hectic as Dar. Also, all of the shipment containers were amazing to see.
We stayed in Paje at a wonderful resort called Nadame Beach Resort. The rooms were beautiful and clean upon arrival and after going to our rooms to drop our bags off, we headed to the restaurant for a lovely fish dinner. That night we went out to a place down the beach called Paje By Night. The atmosphere was laid back and as we walked in, The Smiths were on the radio. Back in high school, when they were my favorite band, I never would have imagined 15 years later listening to them off the east coast of Africa.
We awoke to the sounds of waves and the most stunningly beautiful beach I have seen to this date.
The beach went on for miles and all that could be seen was white sand and crystal clear water. There was nothing to do, but swim, sun, read and play some football on the beach. Both mornings we woke up the tide was really low. It was so low that you could walk for about 10 minutes from the shore and never reach the water.
I just found out we are having our first visitor in January. My best friend from high school, Kendra, is coming with her husband. I am hoping I get to take her to Zanzibar for the weekend. I would love to lounge on the beach and listen to The Smiths with her.