Karibu Zanzibar!! We took the ferry down here it was nice, business class was super comfy and as usual all the girls passed out, snapchat has the receipts! LOL! HATE THE HOTEL we’re sleeping in tonight; its DISGUSTING! The worst one so far, sheets are gross, bathroom is rusted, everything is nasty! No way in hell this $75 a night we’ve been duped for sure!! That aside today was amazing! We went to sandbank island; I snorkeled and thought seyitan how to snorkel so that was super fun, then we went to prison island its absolutely gorgeous, if that’s how prisons are today I wouldn’t mind going to prison! LOL! Saw the tortoises; Nature is super awesome! Ddnt know they could get so BIG! Theyre huge! Oldest is about 198years old, cray right, whats fascinating to me is how their hard ass shells grow to be so gigantic like how?! Nature is fascinating bruh! We got to feed them it was amazing! We watched the sunset as we headed back to the island to get some henna done, have dinner and sleep. A lady called peacock and her mum did our henna, super cute relationship they had it got us talking, tbh it was a nice lil bonding session cause the girls and I havnt had a lot of time to just sit and talk; we went for dinner afterwards, it was sweet. Goodnight, this room is making my skin crawl!
Bright and early, that’s what they said. So I got up early enough to repack into a smaller box. Travel light, they said. The girls and I, we’re not the best when it comes to getting up early, but today we did. And then the drivers made us wait. So, we miss the first ferry out. Thanks guys. I could have gotten more sleep. Ah well, we’re on our jolly way, eventually. The four of us are getting our makeup done on the ferry, and I’m pretty sure other passengers think we’re crazy. There’s nothing better than looking crazy along with your friends anyway, so it’s cool. We’re done in time to step out and bask in the beauty of the Indian ocean just before the ferry docks. Zanzibar is soooo beautiful! I absolutely love how narrow the paths are, how the buildings are a bit old and rusty, how it’s all in the open, nothing guarded by fences. I’d very easily retire here. We get hotel rooms in Stone Town for the night (quite pricey for what we see, to be honest), and then start exploring this beauty of a place. We get on a boat to Sandbank first. Mudi is the guy who’s taking us on this tour to the islands and he’s mighty helpful. Sandbank is basically a sand island. Love it. Taje and Seyitan decide to try snorkeling, but Ajifa and I are just fine sitting in the water closer to the shore. There’s no way my wool twists are going to get wet and heavy on top of my head, thank you very much. It’s mighty nice here, but we have to move to the next island after a bit. We checked out Prison Island too. Mudi told us it was used as a prison and also quarantine from small pox and yellow fever back in the day. There are peacocks, and some mighty ass tortoises here! A lot of them. And the oldest is about 120 years old! Everything here deserves to be photographed! Unfortunately, we have to return. Our chants for more islands on the way back seem not to be yielding the desired result. All good. Back to Stone town, we got our henna done because it’s part of the experience. Shayo and Abiola are getting married tomorrow, I’m going to dream about that tonight, soon as I leave this hotel reception, which is the only place the wifi works. Xx
We leave on the 6 am ferry to Zanzibar today so I’m up for 3:30 am to start packing my bags, around 4 am I go to Amiola and Ajifa’s room to make sure they are up, there is no way we are missing this ferry. I spoke too soon, the drivers didn’t arrive till 6:30 and we have no idea when the next ferry is. The traffic to the the docks is unbelievable and we finally get there for 11 am, 11 A.M!!!! I got 2 hours of sleep for absolutely nothing. 90 minutes later, we board the Kilimanjaro IV and as soon as we settle in we start to apply pour make up as we didn’t have enough time to do so in the morning. (I miss Matilda so much.) We arrive in Zanzibar and I can already smell the sea breeze, its so beautiful out here, I LOVE IT!!! After going through customs, we meet up with Adam our tour guide in Zanzibar and proceed to our hotel, I don’t like this hotel very much but we have a lot to do so we drop our bags and head off to the city center to start our day. Our first stop was sandbank island, now this island has nothing but sand on it during the day and at night the tide washes over it…it’s perfect!!! As soon as my feet touch the sand we start to explore. Taje and I put on our snorkeling gear on and head into the ocean while Ajifa and Amiola go pick seashells and cheer us on from the shore. We leave our mark on the beach with a huge TASA on the sand and right before we leave we run into the groom Abiola…Thank Goodness he wasn’t with Shayo that would have ruined the surprise, we beg him not to tell her and he is kind enough to agree. We leave Sandbank island and head over to prison which has a completely different vibe but still really nice. The old prisons are still as they were from years ago and we get to spend time and feed the turtles, some of them as old 120 years. I’m getting hungry and no later than 5 minutes after I decide to check out the restaurant on the island our tour guide says its time to leave. Back in Stonetown, the girls and I go on a henna date and head off to the The Floating Restaurant to have dinner. When I get back to the hotel and walk into the room I’m sharing with Taje I almost start to cry, the beds are really small and hard, the shower is disgusting, the towels are filthy and the worst part the wifi works only at the reception. Taje (who I pity most in all of this) is itching and complaining nonstop. As usual, I imagine I’m somewhere else and go to bed but God knows I’m not staying in this hotel another night.
Remember how I said yesterday that we’d be on our way to Zanzibar at first light? Hahahaha. I lied! At probably 3rd light (if there is such a thing) we got ourselves out of the hotel and off to the ferry docks. After booking our reservations we of course went in search of WIFI so we could update all social media platforms. Well that that wasn’t very successful…and after many tries we gave up. It was now time to get on board the Kilimanjaro iv (huge boat) and we got nice seats in business class. Just like clockwork, all of us (Taje, Amiola, Seyitan and I) brought out our makeup bags and started doing up our faces. LOL was quite hilarious as we started getting stares from all the people on the boat. Wetin consign us? We beat up our faces nicely and proceeded above deck to get nice pictures for the gram and snapchat. We finally get to Stonetown, Zanzibar and the first thing that struck us was how blue the water was. My God! Beauty really does exist in Africa. Zanzibar is beautiful!! Has this ancient arabesque vibe to it…love it! We meet up with a guy called Adam whom an agent hooked us up with and he got us a hotel which out of excitement to go explore the city, we didn’t take our time to properly examine. We would pay for this later. We dropped off our luggage and headed out to the city centre where we got a guide called Mudi who took to two places called Sandbank Island and Prison Island in a small ferry. Sandbank was amazing…a beach with beautiful water and lively people. Then who do we see? Abiola (the groom) and a few people from the wedding party. Thankfully Shayo wasn’t there and we begged Abiola not to tell her so our surprise could still work. Taje and Seyitan snorkelled while Amiola and I sat in the water…close to shore. Ladies and gentlemen, I can swim o beht this hair is not entering water… don’t be angry. Prison Island was next and we saw massive tortoises that were up to about 160 years old! We got to feed them and saw their tiny babies. Back at stonetown, we met up with Peacock a local there who took us to get henna done. So pleasant: her and her mum and she told us all about her love for Wizkid LOL. That was a lot of laughs. This day couldn’t have gone any better or wait did I speak to soon?…yep I did! We are now back in the hotel and with clear eyes we properly look at this “HOTEL” I mean going by what they called it. It is absolutely disgusting!!! The shower is completely deteriorated and has moulds, spirogyra and probably asbestos coming out of it. Amiola and I’s shower doesn’t even work and we have to go across the hall to use Seyitan and Taje’s. Worst of all is that the WIFI is only in the reception so we all had to stay there for hous to talk to our friends and family. God help us survive this night without disease…off to sleep on one side of my bed…I think I’m going to reflect on the beautiful things I’ve seen today so that I can survive this night…kisses.