Forodhani Night Market

Stonetown, Zanzibar

Barely survived a round of finals and slowly trying to pick up pieces of my life again (I am dramatic).

One of the best motivators for bettering myself in anything is seeing the brilliant work of someone I admire, or just brilliant work in general. I stumbled across a friend’s photography portfolio today and was awed by the extent of his travels and the depth of his photos. It’s such a beautiful day outside today that I think I might just have to go for a walk…

I also realized that I still have an enormous amount of photos to go through from Tanzania. This is a shot from the Forodhani night market in Stonetown, which is possibly the most delicious night market I’ve been to. Zanzibar pizza is like a crêpe on steroids, absolutely necessary to try, and the many other tables sell freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, mishkaki, rambutan fruits, and snacks on snacks on snacks.

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Spice Tour in Zanzibar

Cardamom, the princess of spices

While in Zanzibar this past weekend, I went on one of their famous spice tours. Spices were once the major export of Zanzibar, and they’re still intimately tied with the island, but intertwined with tourism. The tour consists of touching, smelling, and ultimately tasting the spices and fruits of Zanzibar. Throughout my one-on-one  guided tour, a local was making me various things made from banana leaf and adorned with hibiscus flowers — I ended up with a purse, a ring, a frog necklace, a hat, and a cone to hold samples of the spices. My guide told me about the origins and uses of various spices and fruits, and we ended the tour with a generous sampling of fruits, fresh coconut water, and a local lunch using the spices we saw.

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