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The Zanzibar Experience

TANZANIA | Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Views [114] | Scholarship Entry

I've travelled growing up. From the Atlantic coasts of the Canary Island to the wondrous green bush of Tanzania. You are never ready for the exquisitely yet excruciating beauty of Zanzibar. Fine, it doesn't have the crazy night life but that's not why I came here. I came because she's a flawless beauty queen, her allure did more to capture me once getting here than I had actually thought. My decision was totally legitimate. Her selling point being her virgin beaches. Did I really want all this free time, this first - rate space all to myself? I will have to make do

The warmth of the people is genuine, you really do feel at taken care of. My trip to the bike rental place was quick, it was the opposite direction to 'Stone Town' which I had many a time visited the bustling streets full of sellers. From foods, spices to amazing wood carvings. Great music available too, which always plays in the main markets and shops. Zanzibar being a mainly muslim orientated island you feel the ancient culture strongly. I was completely covered to make sure I remained on everyone's good side. Finally, the bike rental - I'm slightly horrified at the size and burden of the weight. He reassured me once I'm off the bike is like a feather, I guess he means the bike is Fast. Very fast. I pay my shillings , nodding my head proclaiming I've ridden many a time , of course I have not! We laugh, I laugh , I'm sure the look on my face was not one of self-assured coolness, rather utter fear. I asked for adventure so off we go. A jolt of a start but oh boy you hit the gravel on these things you will have momentary amnesia from the excitement. The reboot I needed is very much installed! The next destination is well…. I had a map, but to explore was more fun plus I had revised and to stay on the main road lead me on to the beach. My motto was high-speed and no stopping from now on. I decided to carry on down the beach on the way back. Knowing I would see those unbelievably cheerful kids I took sweets, they playfully shout 'Jambo!' (hello) I managed to throw handfuls and a wave. Pulled off like a champion. The first time I saw the colour of the tone of the sand, such a chalky soft white. The huge palm trees sweeping over you so dignified in their very presence and the waters crystalline and mesmerizing, going out to as far as the eye can see. The small boats seen further down the water's edge and spots of people further still. 'The land of paradise' it truly is.

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

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