The final day of my African adventure as well as open-water diver certification!
07.25.2007 - 07.26.2007 28 °C
Written: July 25, 2007
I don't know why I do it to myself. You know when you realize you have a wound and you try not to touch it or get salt on it? I'm that guy that rubs salt onto it to see how much pain I can handle. That must be the reason why I decided to get my PADI open-water diver certification when I am such a terrible swimmer and dislike the water!
I can honestly say, it was the toughest thing I've had to do on this trip. However, the victory and experience of swimming with the fishes and exploring shipwrecks were well worth the troubles.
I spent most of my days in Stone Town doing the 4-day PADI open-water dives. After the lessons and dives, I usually surfed the net for a bit at the internet cafe next door of my hostel and had dinner at my customary stand at the Forodhani. I had gone to one stand at the end since one of the guys serving wore a Drogba Chelsea F.C. jersey and I made fun of him. I ended up going back to the same place for dinner 4 times in 6 days (kingfish, marlin, mussels, lobster and squid.) The prices (though slightly overcharging) were astoundingly cheap and the food fresh! The experience of sitting by the sea and watching the sun set as you eat your fresh seafood was exquisite.
On my last day in Stone Town, I had dinner at the Archipelago (where I first had a Zanzibar Pweza: grilled octopus/squid in spicy sauce) and then watched a Taarab music performance at the Zanzibar Serena Inn.
In my week in Stone town, I've developed a routine: Get up, have breakfast, wash-up, class, internet, dinner, read, sleep.
The routine almost felt like normal life.
I spent my last full day on Zanzibar island in the beach town of Matemwe. The beach had perfect white sand and was pretty much deserted. While I was at the restaurant of Matemwe Beach Hotel, I was asked by their staff to help figure out why there was no sound in the front/back right speakers. I quickly used my problem solving skills to deduce the problem and now I am satisfied in my knowledge that my engineering education was not in vain. A few "Asante sanas" from them and I was on my way to the beach when one of them asked, "Are you Christian?"
What a strange question I thought.
I replied, "No, Atheist", to confused looks.
I then added, "Canadian!" and smiled, they smiled back.