A common scenery along the ocean, young men jump off the pier in style.
They jump from this kind of wall, where the water is a bit deeper.
Things change in Zanzibar, less women are veiled than let’s say 10 years ago. Amongst the ones who are veiled, they’re often fond of bright colors, or sometimes I have witnessed women temporarily discarding the veil as soon as they were away from home (or from for 4 ugly Bin Laden lookalikes after security checks at airport, she was my only passenger and quite hot looking suddenly). Young couples are westernised and seem more relaxed in public.
The beach is still male territory though…with one notable exception that evening. This is a forst time for me to spot a girl in Stonetown in a swimming attire. Nobody seemed to mind. Maybe she is a pioneer.
Colors and make up, small rebellious signs?
Another rarity were these 2 black tourists. An extremely rare sighting. The local romeaos had been quick to spot them and hang around.
That’s why I’ll always prefer a real optical viewfinder: I was using a new smartphone and the back digital screen is typically terrible in the sun, the reflection kills so many details. So I didn’t see my shadow.
In the world of fake, there is this kind of tshirt. Not only fake but inaccurate as Tintin only went to Congo, and some politically correct idiots (is that a pleonasm?) want to ban it for racist content. We’re going to lose a lot in art, literature, cinema if those punks have their way.
Guess the nationality…sigh. Well at least that makes interesting pictures.
fundi means artisan,specialist…rangi means color. This guy has to review his marketing skills as well as painting ones…
A Masai seller in Zanzibar?? Quite far away from home. Selling a few bits of junk, how does he plan to get rich with that? He can't expect to beat the cow business. Except if it is some kind of dope…. Some are fake Masai for sure. All of them maybe? A bit puzzling I must say.
The usual Western or Japanese crap together with local design.
Masai people, fake or not…. Notice the so un-Masai hats.
The old quarter in Stonetown is a huge trap for tourists, but I like to walk in there.
Only a few famous things out of Zanzibar: Freddie Mercury of course but his lifestyle doesn’t quite match the local culture to say the least so references to him are not at all that widespread. Then there is the clove spice. And in French culture (and elesewhere maybe?) a sexual position is quite famous, “la brouette de Zanzibar”. Une brouette is a wheelbarrow. Use your imagination!
Watch for various signs, the mix between local and foreign is always amusing.
That tourist made my day!.
I was experimenting with a new smartphone. Great toy or notepad I agree. One main flaw as on all digital screens, the picture doesn’t appeared very detailed due to reflection. So once in a while I see my bloody shadow in the picture..afterwards. I then miss a good old optical viewfinder. Optical, not electronic either.
Only 2% of the population is not Muslim. Some churches and temples hang around including one where some bits of Livingstone’s body are buried. The poor guy has been shredded to pieces as there are more places with his leftovers…. In Topkapi, Istanbul, a Prophet’s beard hair is on show.
Historically these Masai dudes ain’t got nothing to do on the island. They’re either visiting or trading, rather the latter with bead work for tourists.
I’m not too sure of what to think of this guy’s dress…but homosexuality is still a huge no-no in Africa. Still criminalized in many countries… They pretend, the idiots, that white settlers brought that so un-African behaviour on the continent…
typical scaffolding in Africa. I’d be rather wary to climb on these…
Modern clothes for this but they’re probably still coping with the religious society so the veil…
Stonetown is the 'capital' of Zanzibar. People have here show some break away attitude from the mainland but economically they have to think otherwise.
a Tanzanian soldier… forbidden, ultra sensitive and confidential picture! I’m hardly joking. For instance it is still forbidden to snap at a postal office or a bridge or an airport, so imagine anything military. Of course with tourism invading, these obsolete and ridiculous laws are hard to enforce. I had had once some problems for shooting an airplane that had just crashed in Arusha…
happy ‘give me five’ mama.
fashion in veils!
typical narrow street in Stonetown. Which is nice to stay in the shade but can be a nightmare for photographers. High contrasts between sun and shady areas will trick a camera lightmeter.
Last week a poor man was unfortunate enough to meet an irate elephant. The outcome is a crushed leg. The man’s leg of course…. at least he made it to the bush hospitable.
I flew a man with genital problems, quite obvious something was wrong on his parts. But weirdly he had been inconvenienced for 3 years and came to our mobile clinic and asked advice only because he vomiting blood! “Oh and by the way, doctor, could you also have a look at my balls?”. Usually men tend to delay visit to the doctor except when it comes to their precious genitals…then they couldn’t run faster.
One problem often encountered in the bush with Maasai people is that many will still go to the local charlatan for treatment. When it doesn’t work, they think there is still plenty of time to get treatment at the hospital. Well sometimes it is too late, the patient dies. And the conclusion tends to be that if the doctors couldn’t do anything, the local healer is not to blame either, and the story could repeat itself…
Some weeks ago a ferry capsized off the coast of Zanzibar. Rough estimates say 200 people died, the ferry was way overloaded with 800 passengers instead of 500 plus various cargo, worse some passengers even disembarked when they noticed the ferry was already listing even before leaving port but the crew thought they knew better... Survivors were found clinging on mattresses, fridges…anything that could float. What does this tragedy have to do with Flying Medical Service? Some nurses in one hospital we work with (we unfortunately don’t own or run it) decided to mourn the victims…for 3 days! And so for 3 days, there was no way to get them to work at all. I still fail to understand why mourning far away victims allows patients to die somewhere else for lack of care. You’d think this kind of employees should be fired and stripped of their right to work… nope.
Stonetown, the main town in Zanzibar. Karine and I love to go there for its unique architecture and narrow streets. As opposed to other African towns or cities the pace and noise level here are much more acceptable. Of course there are the usual pestering street sellers who should be shot on sight but beyond that, the place has a feeling from another age.