Zanzibar Travel Series

✍There’s something interesting going on in everyone’s life. And sometimes you don’t know what’s interesting on yours. Sometimes you’re not aware of how interesting your life might be to someone else’s. For you, it’s just the way it is, it is your way of life. On the other hand, what you find interesting to someone else’s might be considered as their way of life as well and is not interesting to them. This realization is very common. We experience this realization especially when we get in touch with other cultures.  Take for example my experience when I traveled to Zanzibar. I went to Zanzibar’s or the Spice Island. From the name itself, “Spice Island” it’s already interesting. 

Zanzibar Travel Series


Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is an island in the East Coast of Tanzania and north to a place called Dar es Salaam. I got to Zanzibar after a more or less 24 hour-air flight, some delayed time and a bumpy drive to Zanzibar. Apparently, I just had a bumpy drive and a swerving experience here at Zanzibar. If I see these swerving based on where I come from, I'd say I'd feel horrible. Because you see as I drive to Spice Island, cars go left and right on the road, cars are swerving. But it’s a normal pattern of behavior here because drivers have to look out for the cows that are on the side or the shepherds herding their livestock, and the pedestrians that are on their bikes.

They swerve to avoid the humongous potholes or are actually trying to preserve their car for it’s worth. Where I come from, people on the wheel are easily on rage even with some similar circumstances. But then again true is that old adage, "When in Rome, do as the Romans Do" or in this case when in Rome, consider yourself a Roman and get to know and understand the place and not the other way around. One of my mentors once told me, when you get to a place and your job is to be there and do photography; either to cover it from a travel photographer or a journalism photographer's point of view, you shoot that place like you will never gonna come back. With this in mind, I tried to capture Zanzibar like it's my last time here.

Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind. – Anthony Bourdain





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