A Dining Adventure in Jambiani Zanzibar

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
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Trip End Dec 10, 2011


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Flag of Tanzania  , Zanzibar Archipelago,
Thursday, December 1, 2011


Juliet set her alarm for 5:20 for the sunrise and I got up when I heard her up.  We walked along the beach and collected seashells, then checked out what the group of people on the beach up north were doing.  I still don't know but they all got into 2 boats and motored off.  First I thought they all got in one boat and would be dropped off each on their own fishing boat, but that didn't happen.  Those photos were posted on yesterday's blog.

After a dip in the water, we went to breakfast:  very lovely, a plate of tropical fruit, Spanish omelets with crepe and mango spread.  Now I am in the restaurant using wi-fi and so excited to have internet access finally, but Juliet hasn't been able to access it on her iphone.  I am probably hogging it all...that is what she thinks.....probably so....these internet connections are very delicate.

Hmmm, it is hard to remember what I did today.  But we went out to the highway and the town to the Superduka Market and checked out the rest of the town shopping opportunities.  There was another mini-market that had more things...we got big bottles of water, some chili chips, and stocking stuffers.  By the time we were done, Juliet caught sight of the dalla-dalla and we got on.  It was rough because it was nearly full and you have to work your way to the front in a bent position while the truck drives on over the bumpy road.  I was sort of able to pronounce the name of the town where we wanted to go for lunch.  Jambiani.  We got off and went in search of a restaurant.  There was a sign for a cafe.  When I went into the yard, I couldn't find a restaurant but Juliet went farther and found it....they didn't have shellfish, only fish.  Since I am now obsessed with shellfish, we went on down the beach to a local place.

There were around 4 guys at this bar restaurant and we negotiated for our lunch.  They had prawns, calamari and octopus , so I chose prawns.  Juliet chose fish.  They showed us their local corn meal mush and said they could top it with some sauce so I said a vegetable sauce would work for me.  We had some ginger sodas while we waited and they took us to the veranda above the bar.  After we waited awhile, a little girl came to the man who was talking with us and she entertained us with her English for awhile.  The guys took turns keeping us company while we waited.  Then one took us on a walk to see the fishermen's catch of the day.  There were all kinds of fish, squid and octopus.  We saw a big tuna begin to be gutted as well as some puffer fish.  Juliet took photos of them as well as the little girl and some of the guys.  I didn't have any of my cameras with me.

Finally we got a call that our meals were ready and we were served some lovely dishes.  The chef later came up to talk to us as well as the owner.  We were confused as to who was who and their relationship.  After we ate, the owner went to eat and asked us to wait for him so he could walk us back to our hotel at Paje.  So we had the owner and his friend the fisherman walk us up the beach.  Juliet and I were not so sure about this but it turned out fine.  There were some interesting birds and some dogs followed us and chased the birds away.

Back at the hotel we went for a short swim and then headed for the bar-restaurant to try to get some info on Stone Town hotels.  Then we shared a Kilimanjaro beer.  I had left my netbook on another table to have the beer and got anxious when a group of rowdy tourists came in.  I have been back at the computer now and the rowdy tourists are eating their dinners and drinking.  They appear to be Slavic; I think I identified some words I recognized.  They have been yelling some Swahili words too, like Jambo (hello) and some Italian as well. 

I think I am pretty much done cataloging the day....need to put on some mosquito repellent and pack up for tomorrow's departure.


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