Place of poets
Trip Start Aug 30, 2006
25Trip End Nov 10, 2006
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It's an antiquated captivating town. These winding narrow streets are lined with large beautiful intricately carved wooden doors.
If you picture what a charming port city from an ancient trade route would look like - that's stone town. Its been preserved so well. Its also on a little peninsular, so no matter how lost you feel in the labyrinth of alleyways, you always end up at a major street of the water.
There are definitely an abundance of tourists here but it doesn't have a Disney park feeling. Things are relaxed, natural, the locals are quite welcoming. I've never had more muslim women smile and welcome me as I did today.
I've head that there are these 'osama boys' around. Young men wearing osama bin laden t-shirts that are out to cause disruption
Anyway no one seems worried, and with the contact that I've had with all of the locals so far - I feel like this place is paradise.
I'm thoroughly enjoying that I can buy Masaii jewelry from a kilamanjaro masaii man, whose stand in across from an internet café, which is near a tucked away store to buy neatly packed spices, compasses and bottle of oils, which is also around the corner from an ATM machine.
There is this one museum here called "the house of wonders", it's a mansion that face the sea. It was built quite some time ago and was the first building on the island to have electricity, the first to have running water, the first in East African to have an elevator. Hence the name 'house of wonders.'
Let me tell you, I stood in wonder on its unbelievable wrap around balcony. Gorgeous views of the sea and the town, the dhows and fishermen and ships. The late afternoon casting magnificent lighting on the town. It's captivating.
This is a place for poets.