This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Clouds”, so I have decided to contribute yet another of my favorite photos from my trip to Tanzania. This was a beautiful day in the Serengeti, surrounded by zebras and other wildlife, and, as you can see, breathtaking scenery. I can’t wait to go on safari again!
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This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Faces”, so I have decided to contribute one of my favorite photos from my trip to Tanzania. The face point is part of a Maasai ritual that marks the boys’ passage into adolescence. I was lucky enough to capture this photo while on the road between game drive sites. The image was so striking that I took several shots and had a hard time choosing just one–fortunately for you, I finally did!
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If you have a great picture of “Faces” (however you interpret that) from your travels, please join in the Twitter fun with the #FriFotos hashtag–see you there!
I usually have a pat back story as to why I chose a particular picture as Photo of the Week–not this time. I stumbled across this picture in my photo archives last week, and I can’t stop looking at it. It just makes me smile as I remember my time in Zanzibar. Hopefully, I’ll be lucky enough to go back!
Remember when I said that I would have some travel writing news to share? Well, here it is: The Sole Sisters blog is featuring me today in their Inspired Thursday Travel series! You can read all about it here. The post includes a few photos from my trip, but, if you would like to see more, you can check out my Kenya and Tanzania pictures. If you want to read more details about my safari, you can read my earlier posts on this very blog. Finally, if you have been bitten by the travel bug and want more information on the G Adventures safari that I took, here is the info. Thanks for reading!
And now my Tanzania pictures (both from safari and from Zanzibar) have been edited and posted! Check them out here. You can also read about my time in Tanzania here, here, here, and here. It looks like I’m on a roll, so I hope to have my South Africa pictures (and final blog posts about my trip–yikes!) up soon. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for me as I should have some exciting travel writing news to share in the near future….
After a multi-hour delay at the airport in Zanzibar, I finally made it to Dar es Salaam, where I did some final souvenir shopping before boarding my evening flight to Johannesburg. The next morning, I spoke to the owner of my guest house about arranging a Soweto tour for the following day; as it turned out, there was a slot available for a private tour immediately, so the tour operator went ahead and just showed up! I crammed the remains of my (delicious! included!) breakfast into my mouth and hopped into the van. The driver (who, to be fair, did warn me) was a bit militant, seeing himself as a sort of Paulo Freire or Frantz Fanon on the behalf of non-white South Africans. A white South African, he said that he had spent the last seven years trying to educate people on the country’s current social and racial issues. If he didn’t make significant progress in the upcoming two years, he would retire to a community in Soweto and seek refuge from the inevitable race riots that would occur in the absence of increased racial justice in South Africa.
When I arrived in Zanzibar, the first thing that I noticed was the heat. While I was temporarily uncomfortable, as I was wearing my heaviest clothes for the flight, I was pleased with the weather, as it boded well for beach time in Kendwa. My first stop, though, was Stone Town. I spent my first day there wandering around (and getting lost, per the usual), shopping for souvenirs, and sampling my first Zanzibar pizza for dinner at Forodhani Park. The pizza is made by wrapping an extremely thin crust around your choice of beef/chicken/fish/prawns/vegetables, plus minced salad, cheese (of the Laughing Cow variety), mayonnaise, and an egg. This creation is lightly fried in a giant wok and then served with a very small side salad as well as various sauces. Pure deliciousness, all for less than USD3.