The Zanzibari are very friendly towards tourists.
If you visit in the low season, there are many bargains to be had.
Bartering in Stone Town is almost an art form and
many shop owners will engage if the procedure is handled correctly.
It does not hurt to ask for a discount,
and if your offer is refused there are often other shops
that might be more accommodating.
We bought this statue from these sisters at Shop 5 in the Old Fort.
They told us that it was “one-of-a-kind” and was carved by their brother.
We did see similar(but not nearly as nice) at another Art shop,
and there it would have cost us three times the price that we
paid for this “fellow”
We have named him “Emerson”, in honor of the hotel we stayed at.
I am not certain why this group was laughing,
but they seemed to be having a friendly chat.
Waiting for Godot?
Or just an early morning contemplation…
This is NOT one of the locals.
Luckily my wife often agrees to “interesting” poses.
I spent time at the local market, especially in the early morning.
I was usually there as they were opening for business,
before it became too crowded to take pictures.
On the way to school…
There are traders on almost every corner.
They sell a variety of products.
Many of the locals earn a living from the sea.
Especially catching and selling squid.
The boats leave in the evening and are out all night.
My early morning walks found them returning with their catch
Some of the locals…
This school girl was laughing at a shared joke
with one of the shop owners
The beginnings of our Zanzibar Pizza.
All the beaches on the island are open to the public
and in the morning they are used for exercises.
Like this group…
More of the locals, this time coming home from school
Octopus does not get ANY fresher than this
These youngsters were watching as I was taking pictures.
At the market.
Watching as the morning catch is being brought in
After a long night fishing,
the boat needs to be tied up securely before heading home.
Casting a giant shadow in a Stone Town alley.
We used this company to organize
the tours that we did during our stay.