Zanzibar Travel Blog› entry 4 of 8 › view all entries
26 June 2007
Back up, the morning before we left, we worked on curriculum all morning. We feel really good about the curriculum that we‚Äôre setting up for the school. From all the notes that past volunteers have left, they all seem to agree on one thing: the school we are at needs more structure, and a set curriculum. We are trying to set that up right now, so the students do not have such repetition and gaps in their learning. We hope it all works out, and is implemented by future volunteers! I think that will be much better for the kids.
After arriving in Dar, we got in a taxi that didn‚Äôt know where he was going (funny now thinking about that crazy ride, but not funny at the time)! We got to the ferry station and everyone is in your face, trying to get you to go with their ferry company. We had been warned of this, so we bypassed all the ‚Äėfake‚Äô companies to go all the way to the end, only to find out that those people in our face really had good reason to be! The only ferry left going to
The boat ride to
The next day, we arranged to go on a spice tour. The tour was $10 / person, and included transportation to the spice farms (about 45 minutes away), lunch, and the tour. It was soooo enjoyable!
The next day, we got up for another ‚Äútour‚ÄĚ called Safari Blue. It was probably one of my most relaxing days ever‚Ä¶We got a ride to the place where the boats leave, which was a crazy road. It took us about an hour, and the entire time the van drove about 10 miles an hour, and only on the very right side of the road, since there were such crazy potholes in all the other parts. We left on our boat for the sandbar. We went snorkelling off the sandbar, which was really fun. I saw some colourful fish! After snorkelling, I just layed out on the sandbar. It was probably the most perfect spot I could have been. Aqua blue water all around me, sun beating down on me, white sand underneath me, and just about every 5 minutes, a small wave would come up and cool me off right when I needed it‚Ä¶.I kept thinking, ‚ÄúCan this be any more perfect?‚ÄĚ And then a tour guy came and brought me a coconut to drink, some pineapple, and a chocolatey-peanut dessert. It got better J We felt sooo spoiled, it was amazing. Then we went to this lagoon, and swam for a little bit, which was also wonderful. After our swim, they took us to another small island for lunch. Spoiled again!...We had a seafood feast for lunch (as much as we wanted): lobster, barracuda (probably my favourite!), octopus, calamari, kingfish, and tuna. We also had some good bread and rice with it, and then filled up on MORE fruit! It was amazing. After lunch, they took us sailing! It was such an adventure. I have never been sailing in the States, but the sailboats here seem really makeshift. The men kind of balance the boat on each side while one of them holds onto the sail the entire time. I was looking at the man holding the sail, thinking, ‚ÄúHmm, that man has a pretty important job‚Ä¶If that wind would pick up, that would be really hard to hang onto that sail.‚ÄĚ And wouldn‚Äôt you know it, the wind picked up‚Ä¶.we lost the sail J It was interesting for awhile‚Ä¶We all thought we might end up in the Indian Ocean for awhile! One guy jumped in though, and ended up getting a hold of the sail before that happened. Pretty funny (even at the time, this one was J). After sailing and hanging out on the island (and a green snake suddenly dropping from the tree onto Shayna‚Ä¶.sooo funny, never saw her move so fast J), we took the boat back to the mainland, and went back on our favourite potholey road. What a great day! We showered, and then went shopping at some great shops on the way to dinner. We went to the harbour, and got hassled (in a very endearing way) from some fish stand owners. Then we found another great restaurant, Mercery! It was named after Freddy Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, because he was from
The next day, we got up to find it raining and gloomy‚Ä¶luckily, it was our last day. We felt like we lucked out!...We were planning to leave at noon. We went to an old slave market that still has some parts intact, and a church that has been built right over the place where the whipping post was. There is a lot of history in this area (both in Bagamoyo and
After all the boat, taxi, daladala transferring, we made it back to Bagamoyo about 7pm, and were again so happy to be back. It‚Äôs amazing how a place can start to feel like home so quickly‚Ä¶After I got back, I rearranged my room a little, since my English roommate is travelling around Uganda and Kenya for the remainder of the time I‚Äôll be here. I will have my own room. Not sure if I‚Äôm excited about that or not‚Ä¶There was something comforting about knowing that if a small creature got me, she‚Äôd at least be able to run for help J
Today, we went back to the school, and did some fun painting on the wall. We had painted the inside all white, so now we went over that with a colourful alphabet, numbers, music, a rainbow, shapes, a beach scene, etc. It has really brightened it up! Tomorrow, the artists that Robbi is working with are going to come in and paint on the other side, some things that we thought they‚Äôd be better at: African foods, animals, etc. It‚Äôs shaping up! After lunch, we went back to the school and tutored some students that Jimmy, the director, usually teaches, but he is on vacation in
That is the update‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶.Wow, I wrote a lot! Everything just feels so interesting, and I want to remember it all. It has been so enjoyable. I feel like I am learning a lot from the Africans I have met. Their smiles still amaze me. I love just biking down the road, and seeing all the beautiful, joyful smiles along the way. It is so refreshing. God is good! He has given us so many blessings while we‚Äôve been here: health, safety, guidance, love, friendship, and just wonderful experiences to learn and grow from. We have felt all the prayers from home. Thank you!