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Archive for June, 2008

Water bottle gets mistaken for a bomb

June 29th, 2008

It hadn’t gone unnoticed that many of the [armed] bank guards that I walked past had taken an interest in me. I put this down to simply being a mzungo. Turns out there’s another altogether more funny and frightening reason. According to one petrified shopkeeper, the silver water bottle that I have been swinging on […]


June 28th, 2008

Mzungu is Swahilli for “white person”. As Claire and I go about our daily lives, the locals often raise their hands to us an shout “mzungu!” as we pass. Without knowing whether it’s a warm welcome or a derogatory remark, we wave back and say “jambo!” (hello) in the faint hope that our pastey faces […]

Zanzibar Popular Jokes: Lost in translation?

June 27th, 2008

Squiffy and I stumbled upon a goldmine of a bookshop today. Amongst the numerous African social, political and economic publications, I happened upon the “Zanzibar Popular Jokes” book. We’ve spent most of the afternoon in stitches, for all the wrong reasons, as we read the jokes back and forth to each other. I want to […]

What makes a cheap hotel?

June 26th, 2008

It’s high time that we shared with you an insight into the accommodation of the budget travellor. Tonight, and most nights, we stay in a cheap hotel. For two people sharing, it costs about £12 ($24) including breakfast. It’s fair to say that the hotel is in an ugly high-rise block, recessed a little way […]

What are YOU doing?

June 25th, 2008

Claire and I often wonder what you (yes, YOU; our friends and family) are doing right now. Why not cheer us up by leaving a quick comment below letting us know how you are and what you’re up to? (It’ll only take a few seconds, I promise!)

Dar Es Salaam: Man shines head-torch in ear shocker!

June 24th, 2008

It’s been three days since I became deaf in my left ear. The antibiotic ear drops that I’ve been squirting away with have done nothing to open-up my inflamed ear canal which developed shortly after scuba diving in Zanzibar. Squiffy is seriously bored of having to repeat herself all the time and I am still […]

Zanzibar: Diving Photos

June 23rd, 2008

Sooner than expected, we found a place to develop Squiffy’s underwater photos. As you’d expect, the quality on an underwater disposable camera trails somewhat behind a modern ‘abovewater’ digital one, but you get the picture…

Exhausted and Infected

June 20th, 2008

It’s not easy living in paradise you know. The inevitable has happened and we’ve succumbed to travel bugs. Not THE travel bug, as in the desire to travel, which I got when I was 7 years old, but travel illnesses,which we managed to avoid for a whole week. My symptoms of complete fatigue and dizziness […]

Leaving Kendwa Beach

June 19th, 2008

After a week of diving and relaxing at Kendwa Beach, in the north of Zanzibar island, we’re heading back to Stonetown and then back to the mainland. We made quite a few friends here and wanted to say thanks and goodbye. So, if you’re reading, farewell to the Ross family (Gill, Colin, David), Emily and […]

Getting high by going low

June 18th, 2008

Whilst Dave was doing his basic Open Water Diver, I decided after my previous 15-20 dives, it was about time I challenged myself and took the Advanced course. I wanted to gain the skills to feel more comfortable underwater, and besides, it was one of my goals for this trip. To qualify, I had to […]