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Thursday, June 17, 1999
Stonetown, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Stonetown, Zanzibar, Tanzania:
Latitude: 6° 9' 38" South
Longitude: 39° 11' 21" East
Altitude: 35 feet
From Seattle: 11182 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Mazson's Hotel

Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Region: Zanzibar
Weather: Overcast / Mostly Sunny

Available Photos:

Prison island and sand bar Off Stonetown, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Stonetown waterfront Off Stonetown, Zanzibar, Tanzania

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 798
Linear Dist: 146548
Countries Visited: 57
Regions Visited: 229
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Hotels: 242
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 117
Hostels: 217
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3029

Journal Entry:
Did a couple dives today. The first was excellent - much better than I expected. The highlight of the dive was a big (four foot long) hawks bill turtle. He didn't care that we were there and completely ignored us - even when touched. The coral was far better that I expected (Good variety and very little dead), the visibility was good (45+ feet), and there were lots of fish (and a small shark). The second dive wasn't as good. There was a resort diver with us so we couldn't go very deep - though he was out of air in fifteen minutes. The visibility wasn't as good and there wasn't as much to see (highlight was a bashful lion fish). It was also a bit of a bonus to get to see Stonetown from the water.

Back at the hotel I found a message from the travel agent that they needed to see me. It turns out that they had to reissue the ticket because Kenya Air (whose stock the ticket was issued on) doesn't have an agreement with Royal Air Moroc (the carrier for the Cairo - Casablanca leg). So now I'm flying from Cairo to Casablanca on Egypt Air. The advantage is I get to spend a little more time in Cairo (26 hours), the disadvantage is that I don't get into Casablanca until fairly late and I might not be eligible for a transit visa since the stay is longer than 24 hours. Anyway got the new ticket issued and went to the Egyptian Consulate to find out about getting a visa. It took me a while to find it, and when I did it was closed - closes at three. Tomorrow...

Went to Africa House again for sundowners - first decent sunset we've had. Met Aretha, Lois, and Lois's friend there as well. All we needed was Terry for a safari reunion. Also met a guy who graduated from UCSD (my alumni) the same year I did. He's working in Kampala now so I'm going to try and meet him next Friday when I get there.

Diner was at the garden again. Still good. Still cheap.

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