Wednesday, June 22, 2005


I am relaxing in the exotic island of Zanzibar right now. It's so beautiful here. For the first few days we were at a resort in the north of the island (Nungwi beach). Most of the day was spent 20 m underwater with my scuba suit on. On my first dive I saw a huge manta ray!! (divers will understand the significance of this!) I was diving the Mnemba Atoll which is a very small atoll off the coast of Zanzibar. It has a small but very exclusive resort on it, and their policy is if you step foot on the atoll, you have to stay the night (that will set you back around US$700 a night). Bill Gates had booked out the entire place for his private millenium celebration.

For the last 3 days we've been in the busy little city of Stonetown. This is the capital of Zanzibar. It has a fantastic atmosphere - a mixture of african, arab and colonial cultures all blended together. We bumped into some of the local Baha'is here and we met the rest of the local community. It was a very interesting and eye-opening experience! It really showed me how the Baha'i community is so incredible diverse and spread out - even in an exotic little island off the coast of Africa!

This afternoon we fly to Uganda which will be an action packed week. We're going gorilla and chimpanzee trecking. We'll also visit the Baha'i House of Worship in Kampala. Well back to more packing... can't miss the plane!

(By the way, for those who were wondering, I managed to spot my cheetah in the Serengeti.. actually we found three! they're amazing animals!)


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