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Zanzibar Part3 - When I was in paradise!

Τζαμπιάνι, Ανατολική Ακτή, τόπος βγαλμένος από καρτ-ποστάλ!
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Zanzibar (Part 2) - The Former Slave Market

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A depressing monument and a thoughtful tour.One of the next days, during one of my timeless wanderings through the narrow alleys of Stone Town (Zanzibar Town’ s old city), I came in front of a colonial style building, with a big sign in front of it…
Besides the main entrance was an office, where I bought a ticket which included a guided tour through the “slaves’ chambers”… My guide, Mohamed, gave me a complete story of what was going on, in his –and the neighboring- countries, over the last five centuries. Here is a short resume, enriched with some additional info which came out of a quick research on the net: The Portuguese first explored the west coast of Africa trading largely in gold. They began the transatlantic slave trade when they exported 235 Africans from present day Senegal in 1444. The British joined in the trade in African people some years after (with John Hawkins’ expeditions from 1564). The Spanish …

ZANZIBAR (Part 1)

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Hello everybody! This is me, still alive, still in one piece, calling from Tanzania, East Africa. I am doing well, and trying to get adjusted to this different world and conceive its basic data.Actually, this is not entirely new to me, as this is my second time in this part of the continent. But the first one was a long time ago, back to ‘99. It was a 3-week journey through Kenya (starting from Mombasa) and going through Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya again. That experience is what brings me back here again. I have always been remembering of it as an amazing dream. I still remember myself being fascinated. I remember saying that in Africa I saw a “different” sky, I smelled (yet) unknown smellings. I remember saying that it felt like stepping on human kind’ s birthplace. That journey created a unique impression to me, I always felt the place calling me back, until now I was not ready to follow (alone) the call, but now I…