I wake up on saturday morning after week 1 of working in Zanzibar, and I’m not feeling so great. At first I figure I must be hungover, but then I realize I only had 2 drinks the night before so that can’t be it. As it turns out, I have a fever, and a very nasty case of food poisoning, so I call my cab driver K, who is supposed to be coming at 10 to pick me up to drive me to Nungwi Beach, and put him off until 1pm and call the front desk of my hotel to ask for a later checkout time in the hopes of feeling better before starting the 40 min-1 hour drive to Nungwi. I pop a Cipro, and get a few more hours of sleep before checking out and getting picked up by K. By the time we head out towards the beach, I’m still feeling pretty awful. K is very sweet, and keeps trying to point out the sights to me as he drives me out there, but I’m just focusing on not getting sick so I recline my seat and close my eyes for most of the ride. I’ll have to see the sights on the way back!
I arrive at the Doubletree Hotel in Nungwi and check in. My room is lovely, with flowers on the bed, on the desk, on the shelf over the sink, and even in the toilet! Those poor flowers really didn’t deserve what my food poisoning made me do to them though….. I spent the rest of the day in my room, and didn’t even go to dinner at the hotel restaurant that night, as I couldn’t keep anything down. The farthest I got from my bathroom was the beach right out front, where I watched the beautiful sunset.
The sunsets in Nungwi are some of the most beautiful that I have ever seen. The colors are unbelievable, so I snapped picture after picture, figuring I’d delete some later on. But none of them came out badly, so I just have a TON of pictures!
Thankfully, in the morning I was feeling a little bit better, and since I hadn’t eaten at all the day before (well, except for a couple of crackers) I decided to try out the breakfast buffet. I opt for the more stomach-friendly items like toast, and plan for a day of relaxation on the beach in front of my room, just in case my bug hasn’t entirely passed. But I have to say, if you’re going to be sick, at least pick some place beautiful like this to distract you from how you feel!
I settled into a lounge chair out in front of my room, wanting to stay in close proximity to my own personal bathroom, and relaxed in the sun reading a book. It was supposedly rainy season, but I had a beautiful weekend, without a drop of rain. And, due to the time of year, I got a ridiculously cheap rate – around $60/night, including breakfast. The sun was hot, and soon I would feel the need to go for a dip in the clear, calm waters, where the fishermen were going by in their traditional wooden boats. What I couldn’t tell from the beach was just how shallow the water was. I could walk and walk and walk, and never get into water deeper than 2 feet. The water was warm and soothing like bath water, and the view of the hotel from the water was just lovely.
Fishermen passed me in their dhows, and I occasionally had to step over an anchor or line, but it was very refreshing. I settled back into my lounge chair, and just admired the view. I picked up a few shells that were laying on the beach to examine them more closely.
I watched children playing on some of the boats. I watched a Maasai tribesman walk down the beach holding hands with a woman in a red bikini, showing an interesting juxtaposition of cultures. But mostly I just rested and recuperated, letting my antibiotics do most of the work. I love to people watch and enjoy beautiful scenery though, so this was a great place to be!
OK, well, to be honest, I didn’t do much while I was here, so I don’t have much more to say….. and since a picture is worth 1,000 words, I’ll just end with a few more pics…..