Ken, Sine and Wendy @ Allbi's Well Restaurant. VSO Vol from Germany, Sine is training young Zanzibar people in Silver Service, Hospitality.
I knew Sine was working in a remote area of Zanzibar, and having experienced the hustle and bustle of the very tourist town of Stonetown, I was ready to move away from it all. Wendy and I caught the daladala across the island. That in itself was an experience. Jambiani is quite a distance so the trip out of Stonetown was spent stopping every few 100 meters to collect and load supplies to take to its residents. As interesting as it was....I was over it by the time we actaully got on the open road and made progress towards Jambiani. We travelled in the open truck type daladala they use on Zanzibar. When we started the journey it was comfortably filled with passengers however by the time we left the residential area we were packed in so tightly that neither Wendy nor I could move..... blood to our feet almost ceased to flow as feeling in our feet was lost!!!
Allbi's Well from the water's edge.
Walking the beach from Alibi's Well to our seaside accomodation.
View from our unit.
Our unit on the right....until it was given to someone else....so we ended up sleeping in a tiny room around the side of these 2 comfy units!!! Oh Well...This is Tanzania!!
Learning how to play the popular African game of Boab.
Sole diners at a random little restaurant with the full attention of the staff...eager to guide us in the Boab game!
Simba, a hopsitality student with aspiration of also being a tour guide, practising his skills on Wendy and I. He gave us a detailed guide of Jambiani through the eyes of a local. He has so much potential and shared his blossoming skills professionally and with pride! We were very impressed.
We carefully stepped our way out through the knee deep water, avoiding the treacherous sea urchins, to meet the local women harvesting seaweed.
These seaweed beds are nearly ripe for harvesting. It is a 4 week process from tying the rows to picking then drying the seaweed.
....Sine and I totally satisfied after a huge meal of banana and honey pancakes and fresh mango/pineapple/banana smoothies!
After an amazing 2 days in Jambiani, Wndy and I waited here nearly 2 1/2 hours for a dalaldala to come by. The building diagonally across from us was a schoolroom in which the children were taught in typical remote African tradition...Chalk/talk....and the cane!This was very hard to sit and listen to. Apart from this challenging finish to our stay in Jambiani..... I was definitely a wiser person for having visited.