Hello there! I'm back, and as promised, I will be trying to update more frequently this month. My wedding and honeymoon were a dream, and a proper Let's Stay Here honeymoon post is in the works. In the meantime, let's talk about Zanzibar.
Despite years of living on the African continent, I never made it south of the Sahara. (Did you know that intra-African flights are absurdly expensive?) But now that I'm working on this project, there is a distinct possibility that I might actually get to go. Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous island region of Tanzania, seems like a fascinating cultural distillation of the centuries of intermixing of African, Arab, Indian, Persian, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, and British traders. Indian Ocean traders were really the O.G. multi-culties, am I right?
The Chumbe Island Coral Park is a privately-owned nature reserve and the Chumba Eco-lodge on the island aims to have zero impact on the environment. I appreciate the simplicity of this lodge and the bold use of African fabrics. I love staying in hotels like this. As far as I'm concerned, it really isn't a vacation unless you have to throw your toilet paper in the trash.
p.s. I'd love to check out this restaurant while there.