Today I got stung by about 3 or 4 jellyfish… While I was swimming with dolphins… In the middle of the Indian Ocean.. My life is so difficult! : )
I thought that swimming with dolphins might help to make me not afraid of open water, but it certainly didn’t!! It was TERRIFYING!! I was able to jump out of the boat and into the pod of dolphins 3 times before I got too scared to do it again. Every time I hopped into the water I basically had a mini heart attack!! But it was really cool too! The jellyfish stings really hurt though, so that kinda sucked. And the boat ride out to the dolphins was an adventure in itself! I just had to keep reminding myself “This is Africa. This is Africa. This is Africa.” Safety isn’t a word that Africans know, which you just have to get used to. If they see that you look scared, they just say “Hakuna Matata” and that is expected to make you feel better. The “speedboat” that we were in, was basically what would be considered a paddle boat at home, but with an engine propped onto the back. Then, you race off into these MASSIVE waves, going God only knows how fast.. Fast enough for the waves to crash into the boat.. So that was interesting! And we were so far from shore, in such choppy water that I was sure there was no way I could swim to shore if I had to… And that’s saying something, coming from me! Pretty sure if this was Canada, we wouldn’t have gone out onto the water today because it was so windy and the waves were so big. But nonetheless, we did. And we survived! BONUS! : )
Anyways, on our way back to Jambiani, from the opposite side of the island where the dolphins were, we stopped at a “shrine and archeological site” aka a massive, deep, dark cave. Which was really cool! I was doing well with the whole cave thing, then we saw about a hundred bats… And I kept thinking “My mother would so not be okay with this! That one bat under our bunk bed was enough for her!”… But I was still doing alright.. And then I saw THE BIGGEST spider I have ever seen in my entire life!! So that was about it for me and the cave. Unfortunately, we were so far in and it was so dark, that I had to wait for the others to be ready to go too. So that was fun..
Tomorrow morning I’m going to have a mini African cooking lesson. It’s costing me approximately $0.60. Way cheaper than learning to cook in Italy! Plus, then when I get home I can make chapati’s for everyone! : ) They’re by far and away my favorite African food so far. Although I have had some good rice dishes too!
I quite like Tanzania so far. There is definitely less English spoken here, but that’s probably because Zanzibar is kind of remote. And the roads are about a million times better than in Kenya! Trying to drive in Kenya is like constantly going through a high speed obstacle course – dodging obstacles on the road, as well as potholes the size of cows that basically cover the entire road. If the road is even paved to begin with. It’s quite funny actually, once you get used to it and stop fearing for your life. Being a pedestrian is even better! That’s like playing Frogger with your own life on the line. But the general rule of thumb for driving is to get as close as physically possible to everything around you, without actually hitting it. But if you hit it, well, thats a bummer. Keep going.. No matter how hard I try to explain it, it will never do it justice. You just have to see for yourself. It’s something special alright. Another general rule is that whoever is bigger, gets to stay on the road. There is no such thing as right of way. It doesn’t matter if the other car is driving on the wrong side of the road. If they’re bigger, they get to stay on it, and you should probably drive into the ditch if you’d like to avoid getting hit. Anyways, it really it quite funny. You should all see it for yourselves one day!
I’m hoping to leave my computer loading photos tonight or tomorrow, so maybe at some point tomorrow you will eventually get to see some!
Well, there’s another call to prayer. So I will take that as a cue to sign off. Keep the comments and emails coming – I love reading them, even if I might not respond.
Love, love love,