4) Stone Town - Zanzibar
On a small island off the East coast of Africa is paradise and it’s called Zanzibar. The sun shines, the beaches are golden, the sea is alive with fish and life is enjoyable. Yachts of millionaires are docked to no-ones’ surprise, the place is perfect for relaxation and to forget the troubles of day to day life. Restaurants on the beach, where the best course was what the fishermen had delivered earlier in the day, soon became a favorite, as were the giant tortoises we swam with each day right by our hostel. One of my favorites was to experience the true joy the locals had within them. The workday began early but when it ended, they had the sense to enjoy life. Modern technique was not needed, the ocean was their everything. It provided food, was a way of transport and an entertainment. The teenagers jumped off the dock in the sunset while the families had fun in the water’s edge. Stress was an unknown factor in their life and the people lived for each day. Tomorrow would come and probably be similar to today. One of the things I learned from the trip was that people are able to enjoy life without what I called quality of life. Those who had not much more than food to eat, some kind of home and a change of clothes, were those who also had the biggest smiles and were most able to enjoy the moment. A quality I hope to develop for my life.