It’s so peaceful here in Zanzibar, it almost borders on being boring. Almost. The people are incredibly friendly and there’s a certain slowness about the island that carries over into the Resorts and the attitudes of the locals and people who work here. One can’t help but slow down and spend the hours lounging in a recliner by the beach, just watching the tides come and go. Bemused by the Hermit Crabs coming and going under you and smiling slightly when you see them stop and say hello to each other by letting their little feelers touch.
For a person like me who can get bored if she’s not doing something almost constantly, it’s been quite difficult to just sit back and let it all soak in. No one is in a hurry, here. For anything. Or anyone. It actually takes time to adjust a little to truly relaxing. I made the mistake of reading my novel too fast and tried just laying by the water. Looking at the palette of blues and greens in front of me. Letting the wind sweep gently over me. Listening to the waves creep in and out from shore…. for about an hour.
I decided to go for a walk, instead and see what I could find and there’s truly so much to see along the beach shoreline that it’s truly intriguing. Coming from Australia I’m used to seeing shells, crabs, sea urchins and much more alone the shore… but the COLOURS here. They’re so beautifully pastel. In a good way. Like the kind of painting or photo you’d see on some luxury resort hotel room wall. And the shells can be as big as your head. The photo I show below was just that, huge. And when you consider that it’s actually the broken half of a whole shell, that’s pretty amazing.
We still have another 5 days here and I’ve been to the library twice hoping there would be something other than novels in Swedish or German. The only novel I can find in English is a tattered copy of Unbroken. And I’m just not into WWII stuff… no matter how appealing Angelina Jolie might make the movie version… so here I am, instead. Blogging. I have to admit. It’s so much nicer blogging here in Zanzibar with a view of an unspoilt beach rather than a bunch of snow-capped rooftops. The ONLY thing missing is my Bentley.
So, here are a couple of shots. Straight out of camera. No editing. It’s purely breathtaking, here.