Last day in Zanzibar
Trip Start Jun 11, 2011
19Trip End Jun 26, 2011
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Every bump and stop sent the weight of ten people on top of me. The extreme driving didn't help the situation. I started planning escape routes in case of a crash. I kept looking behind me at the slats in the frame and wondering if I could squeeze through it. The frame was made of iron so I couldn't break it, and I would definitely be the last one out in an emergency situation using the door. I realized I would more likely be crushed under the weight of numerous bodies and be trapped, unable to move or make any sound to indicate I'm still alive to would-be rescuers. I decided that paying 1,000 Tsh is better than 60,000 for a taxi, but I would have been much more comfortable in a taxi.
When we were finally in Stone Town, out of the dala-dala on hard ground with our lives still in tact, we both said to each other that we should take a taxi to the airport. We walked to our favourite place in Stone Town, the Zanzibar Coffee House, where we were remembered - even my name! - and greeted like old friends again. We had crepes for lunch and then they offered to watch our bags while we waited to go to the airport. I hope one day we can come back here. Zanzibar is truly magical!
We decided to do some souvenir shopping before we left Tanzania. We filled our carry-ons with teas, coffee and spices and negotiated a taxi for later. We returned to the coffee house to escape the intense heat and relax with a cool iced cappuccino with ice cream. Our taxi seller picked us up and escorted us to the taxi. Because the coffee house is in the narrow alleys of Stone Town, the taxis have to park elsewhere and someone has to show you where that is.
We got to the airport and tried to spend our last Tanzanian money in the little shops. We ended up with some Pringles. We sat in front of an air conditioner in the waiting lounge and ate our chips. From here we fly to Dar, then on to Ethiopia for two nights. I am sad to leave Zanzibar and Tanzania behind but am looking forward to seeing a bit of Addis Abbaba tomorrow. It is hard to accept that our fabulous vacation is almost over!