The weather is quite glorious here, it is not as humid as in the Far East so you can cool down in the shade and the sky and sea are just a perfect blue, which makes a big difference from the awful weather we had back in England.
Yesterday we had a boat ride over to Prison Island (though it has never been used as a prison) to see the giant Tortoises, and they were big and very friendly, though you had to be careful feeding them as I am sure if your finger got into their mouth they would have no trouble in whipping it off! Sarah and Jamie snorkelled off the reef next to the island and saw lots of fish etc. I stayed with Sue on board as Jamie had to borrow my gear.
We had the island to ourselves until a boatload of Italians turned up. You can usually spot Italian tourists from a mile away, they seem to pose quite a lot, using a lot of arm gestures when in conversation and they all smoke. However, we managed to stay away from them as they are not very adventurous, preferring to stay as a group (no doubt to admire each other).
We wandered into the forest to find a few more Tortoises and to explore some caves. We managed to come across some Dik Diks which are a small type of deer, before returning to the mainland.
Whilst in Zanzibar, we travel to most places by taxi as it seems the easiest way to get about and they are plentiful and cheap. The food has been very good, though I must say the service has been pretty rubbish; waiters etc. don’t seem to care and are bone idle, preferring to sit and chat amongst themselves instead of attending to their job. It is a surprise if on sitting down at a table, anything happens within half an hour, the norm is around two hours to be served with a drink and be fed. Last night’s meal in Stone Town was particularly bad. After ordering, two hours later no food had appeared, I complained, asking where our meal was, only for it to miraculously turned up 30 seconds later. It was cold and obviously been sitting on the counter waiting to be brought to the table, it had been prepared, but the waitress couldn’t be bothered to bring it! She had been sitting at the bar chatting to a couple of friends all evening.!!! Irately, I spoke my mind and we left with the girl hiding at the back of the kitchen, leaving our meals on the counter to the flies.
We will be having a day around the hotel tomorrow, Sarah and Jamie have burnt themselves in this quite deceptive climate and don’t wish to exert themselves, it will be a time to relax and unwind from the stress of last night’s meal.