We started in Stone Town, a known area for its rich culture, religion, and history in slavery. As soon as you step off the ferry (a 2.5hr ride from mainland) it was totally different to other parts of Africa. While you still had the street venders & the beggars, it was just.. Nicer. Cleaner. Safer. We were actually told we can walk around by our selfs. We could go out at night! So different.
We checked into Mazsons Hotel, while was quite nice. I shared with Julie of course, and we found our room had 2 x double beds, a toilet & shower for our selfs, a tv, a fridge & a balcony (it still counts even if it was bolted shut..). After that, we teamed up with Rachel & got lunch! We were starving! We found this nice cafe around the corner from us & it had lovely meals as well. After lunch we set off to look around and quickly found a spa. The next 2.5hrs were spent in there.. We got an aromatherapy full body massage & a luxury pedicure. With all this camping, we deserved something nice! Although I were flats, and the polish wasn't quite dry when we left so I had to be a bit of a bogan and walk with no shoes on. Lucky the streets were clean & cemented!
After our pampering, we met up with our group because we were going to the Food Markets! I was super dooper excited about this, because its recommended by almost everyone who goes to stone town! First we stopped for a quick drink at the beach bar, where I actually discovered I'd lost my camera. I was a little upset, to be honest. It's such an inconvenience!
Anyway, 2.5hrs later we left the bar to get dinner. The aromas I could smell were exotic. It was bustling, people were everywhere, it was just the place to be. There were a lot of stalls, but most of them were seafood of every variety, Zanzibar pizzas, which were different but ill get to that, and sugar cane drinks. So there wasn't too much options, there might have been a chicken kebab place & ice cream parlour thrown in but that's about it. Okay, so Zanzibar pizzas. They are famous for their dessert pizzas. Banana & Nutella, mango & chocolate, pineapple with Nutella & chocolate! I firstly started off with a seafood one, they take this tiny piece of dough, about half the size of your palm, they press it out, do weird & wonderful things, add the ingredients, then fry them in this pan and they expand. It was actually quite small, and Julie & I were sharing, but we honestly couldn't finish it! It was one of the most amazing food dishes though! Another lady on our trip also made sure I was well fed, she kept giving me all this seafood to try from her plate! It was gorgeous. After we'd walked around a bit, it was definitely time to try a dessert pizza. I got a banana, Nutella & chocolate one! I made sure to finish that one!
Julie & I decided to head back to our hotel. It was around 9pm & we walked through stone town alone, having to go through ally ways and streets & what not. And we made it back in one piece! I asked reception about my camera, thinking I may have left it in the lobby, and they told me someone had dropped it off! I'd taken a photo of our hotel & someone found my camera, and returned it! In Africa! I walked alone at night and had my lost camera returned! It's incredible.