Baby it’s better down where it’s wetter..

An idyllic paradise. Yes, being on the beaches of Zanzibar is like walking in the best pictures you have seen of them. They are everything you've imagined they would be, even better. Just like the postcards, but in real life, they are even more breathtakingly beautiful. Every morning I walked down the garden path and saw he beach …

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Stonetown – spices, cycling, sunsets & smiles!

After a sunny breakfast of bread, fruit and coffee at the hotel's rooftop restaurant I met my guide, Suleman, from Bike Zanzibar. We headed off on our bikes through Stone Town’s narrow alleyways to catch a Dula (local bus). We chucked our bikes on top and about 30 minutes later were dropped off 1.5k away …

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Slinking around StoneTown, ZANZIBAR!

Zanzibar. Just the name itself sounds like a fantastically lush, exotic, fantasy island. Too exotic for a mere London office worker like me to visit. Too remote. Too expensive. Still, when I decided to go on a diving holiday back in October 2016, I thought there was no harm in looking at the flights. I was pretty shocked …

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Saffa Shark love; Great Whites in Gansbaai

When I first saw the Great White Shark Conservation advert in the STA brochure I thought I'd be spending a week living on a research boat with marine biologists. I'm not sure why I thought this, but the ambiguous description also meant the other volunteers also no idea what to expect from the program either. …

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Outreach weekend – IDP Camp & Gioto Garbage Slum

The program started with a trip to the KCC Slums and a cycle and hike through Hell’s Gate, but I stayed at school that day with the plan to meet everyone in Naivasha. Stupidly even after 10 days I hadn’t realised when they said it was a 45 minute matatu journey it of course meant …

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American Memorial Garden, Nairobi

To rejuvenate ourselves we headed to the Junction and grabbed Veggie burgers (and a milkshake for me) at Java, a well know American style chain/diner/coffee shop. Then to further cheer ourselves up went over to the CBD (Central Business District) to have a look at the Memorial Garden for the August 7th 1998 Terrorist Attack. …

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The induction & outreach program

The induction reminded me a lot of Uni, rather than boarding school – everyone being friendly, in the same position with a mix of backgrounds, expectations and ages. Consisted mainly of teaching is a bit about Kenya (briefly brushed over the  'fact' there was no civil war in Kenya, though neighbours did kill each other …

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