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.