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Arriving in Zanzibar

day 1

sunny 34 °C
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We wake up at 3am, for our flight at 6.20am. Uneventful flight with stupid video programs (except a Wallace & Gromit): Love Boat, Friends, ... Somewhere over Ethiopia (?), we fly over a huge river. We ask a cabin attendant what it is, but she doesn't know. It is most probably the Blue Nile.
Arrival at Zanzibar at 4.45pm.
A bit of usual confusion at Immigration, and a lot at Baggage Claim: there is a small counter, 10m long at the most, where all luggage is deposited; and, in front of it, 100 or so passengers trying to identify and pick their luggage.
A ten minutes ride brings us to our hotel in Stonetown. Great hotel: we even have sea view from our room.
It's dark now (the sun goes down around 6.30), and we go to the Forodhani gardens. It's a place with tens of eating places, very crowded (nearly exclusively by local people). We are very unsure about the freshness of the meat and fish, and we decide to look for a real restaurant. This is not obvious in a city that you don't know, and in the dark (the streets are not very well lighted). We find one with an Italian name, that offers also local food. Next to us, a group of 22 Italians, who eat pizzas, french fries, ice creams and drink limoncello. We wonder why they bothered to come to Africa. We have biryani and squid: delicious.
Back to our hotel.

Posted by ortho158 08:09 Archived in Tanzania Tagged zanzibar

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