zanzibar, stone town

One of the highlights of my trip was definitely the island of Zanzibar. There will be more posts on its incredible beaches and scenery in the coming weeks (takes me quite a bit of time to properly display the photos and tell the story, apologies), but part of its charm is the popular Stone Town where you touch down — most of the buildings are made of coral stone, hence why the name stuck. This is actually the old part of Zanzibar City (its name in Swahili means exactly that, Old Town) and it’s an interesting mix of architecture styles and people.

One of the first things you notice — the amazing blueness of the water. Scuba diving is quite popular, as you can imagine.


Quite the variety of signs on these boats πŸ™‚


Some of these doors reminded me a little bit of Greece, to be honest.


Stone Town is famous for its narrow, uneven and intertwining streets that are always full of people (locals and tourists, with the former trying to sell stuff to the latter πŸ˜‰ ) and shops.


Spa in the middle of Stone town? Sounds legit.


Lots and lots of multi-storey houses and little back alleys.


Some of detail and carvings on the doors you see around town were quite cool.


A lot of women (including younger girls like the one below) wore scarves / burqa-type garments, though not full on covered and often with brighter colors, like this light purple here.


Stone Town moments.


A typical side street.


That’s exactly how I felt about keeping in touch while traveling πŸ˜‰ Just as a side note, it was 3 weeks of joy when I didn’t have to worry about emails, meetings and constant distractions — I highly recommend unplugging like that every once in a while, it does miracles πŸ™‚


The best door in town! It wasn’t even a public space; just a private entrance that someone had decided to make awesome. Mission accomplished.




Too hot, I’m just gonna lay here and do nothing all afternoon πŸ˜‰


Jambo (hello), guests! I like the granular feel of this shot.


Women around Tanzania know how to pull of crazy bright colors πŸ™‚


Just a piano on the street, why not.


Solid advice πŸ˜‰


Interesting interiors of the Anglican Cathedral (Church of Christ) and the Slave Market building.


The Church of Christ is actually one of the most prominent buildings in Stone Town and much like the rest is predominantly built of coral stone.


A memorial for one of things this town was really known for, Slave trade.


This guy was quite serious on the bike πŸ™‚


I hadn’t seen a gaming room in ages, brought me back to the old days πŸ™‚


Not that many ideas of the day. Also, notice how all of their cables and communications are outside and hanging above the streets, quite interesting.


We stumbled upon this group of kids who just fell in love with my camera and started posing πŸ˜€ This little guy was the best!


A moment of tranquility…


…before things got nuts again πŸ˜‰ Love this shot.




Bikes were pretty popular actually, not only in Zanzibar but around Tanzania as a whole.


I don’t know why that is, but I have a thing for authentic, semi-decrepit buildings.


An amphitheater made of… well, stone πŸ™‚


Chatted to this guy for like 10-15 minutes perhaps. His English wasn’t so great, but he really wanted to practice so we kept at it. At one point we realized we both spoke some Spanish and tried that for a change, not much better πŸ˜‰ He lost me at French though…


More of Zanzibar coming soon πŸ™‚


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  3. Hi there. I’m interesting in your blog. Furthermore, I think you have to come to Indonesia to find “women who know how to pull of crazy bright colors”, in their hijab mostly. Also, you can find lots of carvings and its details in Indonesia πŸ™‚

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