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Friday, March 29, 2013

Arusha to Zanzibar

Today we flew from Arusha to Zanzibar.
The flight took an hour and twenty minutes.
At first it was a bit bumpy, but as we rose above the clouds the trip smoothed out.
 






 Looking down on the coffee plantations near the Arusha airport.

The city of Arusha.
 
Tanzania - a patchwork of colours.





 
 The Tanzanian coast and the Indian Ocean.
 
 Hello Zanzibar... and Stone Town.



As we descended into Zanzibar we began to feel the heat (and the humidity).
The hotel had sent a (small) vehicle to collect us from the airport. I couldn't believe we all managed to fit inside with all the luggage!! 4 adults, and 5 kids (two of those actually adult size).
 
 Maddie's face says it all.

As soon as we arrived at Uroa Beach, on the opposite side of the island to Stone Town and the airport, the kids went straight for the pool.

 



Tamarind Beach Hotel

I think it is going to be a fabulous holiday.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Scenes from the school house this week

 
We discussed local instruments during a Music lesson.
We conducted experiments with eggs (it is Easter after all).
We visited the Mt Meru Game Sanctuary to look at some animals and have morning tea.
 


Banana crisps (chips)


One snack that everyone in the house likes are banana crisps.
They are made by many local businesses and sold in supermarkets in Arusha.
Unlike the banana chips we can buy in Australia, which are sweet, these taste like potato as they are made from the cooking bananas.
I like the chili ones too - they are dusted with spices.