next day we booked ourselves into a so-called Spice Tour through Bruce.
Zanzibar is a major world producer of spices, especially cloves, and
is often known as the Spice Island or Spice Islands. Bruce arranged
for us to be driven about 15 minutes away to a local Spice Farm, where
a burly and cheery fellow nicknamed Rambonero (lit. the black
Rambo) took us around. He was amazingly knowledgeable and was fluent
in English, Italian and Spanish (there's that Italian connection again).
We saw many interesting plants, including ones that produce many of the well-known spices of the world, including cinnamon, lemongrass, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, tumeric, and pepper. Along the tour, young kids working in the farm wove interesting and funny little hats, ties, bracelets and necklaces from local plants, and had us wear them.
Video: Spice Tour
A video record of our walk with 'Rambonero' at a Zanzibar Spice Farm. (3 minutes, 55 seconds)
After the spice tour, we spent another afternoon in Stone Town, doing some souvenir shopping and generally relaxing.
I spent a few hours on the beach late in the day, looking for a pretty shell or two for Jennifer (Jenn loves the sea, and since she was in cold and snow Ottawa, I thought it might be nice to remind her of a nice warm tropical ocean) . Peter located a huge dead chunk of Coral reef that had washed up and packed that away as a [hefty and smelly] souvenir. The quiet tropical atmosphere of Zanzibar was represented in the quiet beach, the simple fishing boats out on the water, and the lack of any sort of crowded tourist scene (in fact I think I was the only foreigner as far as I could see). This is a place as tropical as any but not at all built-up in the standard beach-resort style.
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We ate dinner that evening at a delightful Italian restaurant right in downtown Stone Town. It was our last night in this little tropical world, and it was nice eat outside on the patio with the ocean just a few tens of metres away. Caroline fell violently ill, and spent a horrible night being quite nauseous and sick. We think perhaps something she ate at that restaurant may have been the cause.