The plan was to get to seacliff early enough to surprise sayo but that ddnt quite work out as planned, we were running a bit behind schedule because we realized we had been scammed by a man called adam that our fake guide Evans in Tanzania had handed us over to cause apparently he couldnt make it. This completely through us of our game plan, he told us that the trip from stone town where that dead hotel was to sea cliff was two hours, charged us almost $100 only for us to get there and it was less than a 30mins drive! We were livid but it was too late! He was in the wind! So that cut into our already struggling budget but less travel time meant a lil more sorting and prep time, we decided to try golden tulip and everyone insisted I use my bargaining skills and assets for this one! It worked! Got us dope rooms for a steal!! Happy is an understatement! I finally get to sleep in a nice hotel bed that wnt give me sumin, oh btw that other hotel in stone town I hated so much actually gave me a parting gift, sumin Aj has been calling “cross piece” sigh! My poor cooche! Abiola and Sayo’s wedding was absolutely gorgeous, the ceremony was on the cliff facing the sunset! Breathtaking, definitely a possible wedding venue for my list, reception was cute then pretty litt! Made the girls and I have a moment, a heart to heart; seyitan has managed to rub her mushiness all over me. LOL! Im a thug dammit! Our hotel tonight is gorgeous; im excited to sleep! Goodnight….
How does your day start right when the juice served at breakfast has been mixed with water? Sigh. The showers are disgusting too, by the way. This hotel is a scam. Actually, the whole of Stone Town is filled with a lot of scammers from the market to the guy who’s arranging out transportation, and it’s because we’re tourists. The dress I’m wearing to the wedding today is a bit too big, so I had to do some last minute running around to find someone to take it in for me. Thank God for Peacock (the Swahili translation of this), she did our henna yesterday and she took me to find someone. I’m sure they scammed me on the price, but it’s okay, I’ll be looking hot today. The journey we were told will take 2 hours to Shayo and Abiola’s wedding venue took 20 minutes (Scam). We got settled at another hotel and then got dressed for the wedding and then Ajifa and I end up waiting of Seyitan and Taje. We’re late to the wedding (seems like we’re always late, rightt?), but Taje’s shoes feel like our arrival needs to be announced, so “clik-clak” we go. It’s such a beautiful and intimate ceremony. The green grass, the decorated podium, and the sunset in the back while the pastor announced the new couple absolutely melted my heart! I pray that their marriage is as beautiful as this ceremony we’ve witnessed here today. Towards the end of the reception, the girls and I take a walk that ends up being quite an emotional one (Seyitan and Taje need to get a grip on their tears! Lol). But really, this is it, man. We came out as friends and we’ll be heading back with an even stronger bond. I’m too convinced now that there’s no breaking this bond, because we butt heads, irritate each other and then end up accepting all of our flaws combined and loving each other regardless. This trip has been nothing short of amazing, mosquitoes, shitty hotels and all, and I’m truly grateful I was able to do this with my girls… my support system.xx
As if what we experienced in the hotel last night wasn’t bad enough, the breakfast this morning is absolutely horrible. I’m going to save my tummy for all the food at Shayo’s wedding assuming I don’t pass out before then. I soon realize that Ajifa and Amiola had to come to shower in our room last night after I had gone to bed and again this morning because the hotel is still waiting on the handyman to arrive (at this point I just want to leave this place). Finally, we are on our way to surprise Shayo… we were told by our tour guide Adam who was introduced to us by Evans (who is supposed to be with us in Zanzibar) that it would take us about 2 hours to get to the hotel where Shayo is and transportation would cost $70. Now get this, he organizes a bus that would drive us down, collects his fee and 15 minutes into our trip we are at our destination, I think we have been duped. My body feels so hot, I can’t believe this is happening to us right now, the hotel has been 15 minutes away this entire time??!! I really can’t put how I feel in words but I say a silent prayer and I know God has taken care of the back end for me. After the initial shock has passed we get a better hotel and this is hands down the BEST hotel we have stayed on this trip (flashback to yesterday’s hotel, *shiversss*) We check in and an hour after Ajifa and Amiola are dressed and ready in my room trying to get myself and Taje (mostly Taje) out of the door but we have a slight wardrobe malfunction. We get to the wedding and I instantly put Zanzibar down subconsciously as a top destination to have my wedding, all I need to do is find a groom first. It’s so beautiful here, the water, the sunset, the greenery, EVERYTHING IS PERFECT!!! The girls and I sneak in just before they say their vows and as the ceremony came to a close and the couple danced out , Taje and I moved closer and called Shayo’s name, she turned and the look on her face was priceless, we did it! we surprised her it may not have turned out how we would have wanted but we surprised her and I feel so happy that I was able to be part of her special day. At some point during the reception, Taje, Amiola, Ajifa and I walked away from the wedding party and started to reflect on the trip and it became so emotional really fast. About 2 weeks ago, we were just talking about this trip and here in this moment we had lived it, we had fought, laughed, cried, complained and gone through all these experiences together and in that time we had found out more about ourselves and each other and right here in this moment I am content and come again there are no other 3 people I would have done this with. 🙂
This place is even more disgusting in daylight…we need to get out of here. Taje is already reacting to the water. They say they are serving breakfast but don’t worry we are alright! Shayo see the things I am enduring for you? I’m such a good friend. The girls and I shower (two by two in one bathroom), get dressed and while we wait for Adam we decide to head off to the market. After all the buying, Adam comes and hooks us up with a driver who is supposed to take us to Sea Cliff (where the wedding venue is). I really hope our surprise is intact and Abiola didn’t cave! Fingers crossed. He (Adam) tells us that from Stonetown to Seacliff is a 2 hr journey and so we had to pay $70. After pulling all our resources we make up the money and get in the bus. Our consolation was that at least we’ll get some shuteye on this 2hr journey. 20 minutes into the journey the girls and I are just preparing ourselves for a nice nap when the driver says “we are here”. *blank stare* Just incase anyone didn’t get that, let me break it down. We were duped! The whole time, Stonetown was 20 minutes away!!! We were lied to and duped of 70 dollars!! Ah Adam!!! God will fight for us!!! Ole nib obo yen!!! The driver felt sorry for us as he wasn’t in on the scam and agreed to wait for us to take us to the wedding venue after we dress up. Moving on from our plight the girls and I get a proper hotel and trust me when I say proper I mean top notch! All thanks to our light skinned chief negotiator Taje! By the time we settled in it was 3:30pm East African Time and the wedding was 5! We all rushed to do our makeup and for the first time on this journey I was the first to get ready followed by Amiola. Its 4:40 and we haven’t left the hotel. We head down to Taje and Seyitan’s room and Taje is having a serious wardrobe malfunction. Seyitan and I to the rescue, we fix it and finally at 5 we leave the hotel. We are soo late!!! We got to the wedding venue and immediately I saw why they chose this destination. It was beautiful. The sunset, the flowers, the cliff overlooking the deep blue sea…stunning! We met them mid vows and we quietly scurried to sit at the back of the congregation. After the service, Shayo spotted us and boy was she surprised!! We did it!! She had no clue!! And she looked gorgeous…such a gorgeous bride!! The reception was so much fun and I have to say this is the most fun I’ve had at a wedding. There were games, funny speeches, food and Abiola and Shayo did the cutest things!! When the wedding was winding down, the girls and I decided to take a walk close to the cliff and as we walked, we all put the trip and what it meant to us in perspective. This trip was more than what we expected. The highs, the lows, the arguments, the love, the disagreements, the sites, the revelations, the discoveries…they all pushed us closer together. This was more than just a vacay it was a challenge and test to our tenacity as individuals and as friends and dare I say we passed! With flying colours!! I love these girls and come rain or sunshine, they are my girls, my sisters, my friends, my family…and nothing by God’s grace will break our bond HERE and Now! TASA forever. Kisses.