There is a local Butterfly Garden here. In an effort to preserve the forests, they encourage local farmers to collect the chrysalises of butterflies native to the area. The farmers then sell the pupas to the Butterfly Garden where visitors pay an admission fee to see the butterflies. The farmers make money, the forest is preserved, and I get to see pretty butterflies. Everyone wins.
We are enjoying the Sauti za Busara Music Festival. It is a 4 day music festival with bands from all around Africa. Before the first day of performances, there was a brief parade through town.
Angi and I knew the parade was happening, and once we heard it start, we scurried across town (a ten minute walk) to find where we thought it would be. There was no map of the parade route, so we used our skills of deduction.
We found it!
A few weeks ago I did family portraits for some of our friends. We went to Forodhani Gardens for the photo shoot as the sun was starting to set. The Garden was filled with people, and when people saw some white guy taking serious photos (telling people where to sit and stand, ordering the family around, kneeling down, etc.) the chattering began. People wondered who the white guy with the camera was, and why this family was special…
Our friend (and Angi’s former Swahili teacher) Alwiya introduced us to a relative of hers who owns a resort here in Zanzibar. Alwiya asked if I would help her relative (Eddy) improve the website and brochure of the website, and I happily agreed.
Here are a few photos from a little over a week ago.
One of my favorite things to do is sit at an outdoor cafe, eating good food, with a refreshing drink, and watching people go by.
We have found just such a place in Zanzibar. The food is great (and verrrrry affordable for us because it is priced for locals.) The juice is freshly made. And the owners and workers are really good people. In the past 2+ weeks (they just expanded their menu about a month ago), since we got invited to try their food (the owners know the owners of our apartment), we have been at Ma Shaa Allah easily 25 times. Sometimes it is for coffee (for Angi) and juice, sometimes for the best Biryani on the island, sometimes for ice cream or a smoothie, and sometimes just because. We wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful restaurant.
In the picture, Angi is in “Her” seat…that is “Our” table. 🙂
These photos are from the dress rehearsal for this week’s Living Nativity Play held at Christ Church Cathedral in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Our good friend Peter is King Herod, sitting on his throne in picture #4.
The live performance will be held Thursday, December 22, at 7 p.m.
Some friends we met at Nairobi National Park (in order of appearance – unless they move around for some reason):