The last stop on our trip was Zanzibar. And let me tell you, there is no place on earth like it. We got to the island relatively late at night and once we got to our hotel and settled, made our way to dinner. Oh my gosh. Delicious doesn’t begin to describe our experience. We had the catch of the day, taken literally from the ocean of which we were dining at the edge. Man. I will have dreams about that food for the rest of my life.

I guess now would be a good time to tell you where we stayed – The Blue Reef Sport Fishing Lodge Zanzibar. Run by the nicest, most wonderful people, I highly recommend staying there. Heck, if they would have let me, I would have stayed forever. They were having a water supply and electricity supply problem when we were staying there, nothing that was their fault at all. From what I understand, the city decides the amount of both that is supplied to people and they were having trouble getting the appropriate amount of both. Even with infrequent showers, I couldn’t have been happier.

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Safaris are really fun. Seeing animals is great, especially in their natural habitat. Driving around for three days was a little much. If I had to do it over, I would have done two days … or a day and a half. The country is insanely beautiful and the people we met were absolutely wonderful. I just don’t like sitting for hours on end. But let’s not focus on that. Let me just tell you all the wonderful, amazing things we did and where we went.

Our tour guide company, Zara, was extremely accommodating. We were supposed to have a day or rest between our safari and our hike, but we had decided on our hike that the day of rest might be better had at the end of the safari. We were flying out right after the safari was over and it just gave us a better timeline. (I don’t know why I didn’t think of this when I was planning the trip initially but say la vee) At first they said it was impossible, which we were bummed about but not to the point of being upset by any means, but later they came to us and told us they had found a guide and made all the arrangements. So incredibly kind.

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Pole Pole. Man. Ain’t that the truth.

There was nothing but the feet in front of us for hours. You stop when they stop. You step when they step. And you step where they step. It was amazing how mesmerizing it was. When you can’t see anything but the next step, there is no concept of time, or distance. There is no concept of height or anything really. We were a massive precession of people, all taking one step after another, on a switchback trail, in the pitch black of night. And we were slow. So slow. Take a step, count to three, then take a step slow. I about lost my mind. Wait no, I did loose my mind. About an hour from the top, I almost quit. The slow pace was killing me. I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath but more from stopping than from going. Pro tip, should I do it again, I will bring music. Anything to distract myself and give me something to focus on other than the slow, methodical pace.

I missed seeing my guide stop at one point and stepped wrong, twisting my ankle. Let me tell you, that was not the best thing that could have happened. But, in no way was that holding me back.

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