Zanzibar – The Last Slave Market

The allure of Zanzibar, its multicultural, decaying opulence harking back to an affluent past, is derived from its history of thriving commerce in the Indian ocean. It is sobering to consider however, that the affluence was fueled as much by trade in ivory and slaves as in benign commodities like spices and silk. And the fact that it was the last place on…

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Photo Essay – The Doors Of Zanzibar

  Ornate carved doors are common in India. But I have never seen such a profusion in any one place before. They are impossible to miss anywhere you turn in Stone Town. Striking reminders of Zanzibar’s affluent past, in stark contrast to the drab, peeling walls they grace.   The tradition of carved doors was originally borrowed from immigrant Indian…

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Zanzibar – The Allure Of The Familiar

Everything, barring the intensely turquoise waters of the Indian ocean, felt startlingly familiar. The sultry weather, the spicy coconut infused curries, the colorful attire, the ornately chiseled doors. Even the traditional game of Bao. My Indianness, and the fact that I had grown up watching monsoon winds billowing the lateen sails of Arab dhows and dreaming of following in the wake of mythical adventurers,…

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A Dreamy Afternoon At The Rock

Accessed by boat at full tide and on foot over a narrow coral embankment when the tide is out, the setting of this picturesque shack perched on a rocky outcrop of the Michamwi Pingwe coast of Zanzibar, justifies its inclusion in many top restaurant lists And our 90 minute taxi ride from Stone Town!   Sipping on a chilled…

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Back From Africa

Jambo! I’m back. Here is a quick photo summary of our amazing two weeks in Rwanda and Tanzania.   Yes that is Rwanda. Yes, Rwanda is safe. No, they don’t walk around hacking each other to pieces with machetes. And the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic is closer to Spain than most of East and South Africa.   An enthusiastic…

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