Sun? Si! = Zanzi

I postponed this moment as long as I could, but it’s time to say good-bye to white sands, blue sea and good mood of this heavenly place. But is it possible at all to come back to reality after this island? NO! It infects your thoughts with beauty, plants a constant yearning for the sunny beaches and tunes the mind to the sound of waves. I am not a yoga/ ashram person, however the images from Zanzibar are still so vivid they sometimes break into my mind and start a relaxing meditation, without even asking for permission. That is why dear friends, if you feel exhausted, overwhelmed with work and difficulties of everyday life- Zanzibar is the place to recharge the batteries. If you plan to go there- please say hello to the BEACH from me :)

Heaven.

Mesmerizing Zanzibar. Even though I still haven’t been to Thailand, I dare say I know how Richard felt while entering “The Beach”. Morning breeze wrinkling azure sea, shimmering palm leaves, giving shade to the impossibly white beach, made my chest burst with joy. The perfect amount of sun and wind make you want nothing but to close the eyes, breath deeply and just BE. I wish I could say that indeed I needed nothing but sun and seafood for lunch. Unfortunately, since I remember I had this really ugly habit of feeling the time pressure. Being afraid to realize that I “wasted my week in this heavenly place” (as if it was even possible!) I decided to be more active. An afternoon of beach volleyball ended up with making new friends and burning our backs, therefore the next day in the sun was simply not a good idea. This was a perfect excuse to finally try diving. I know, it is not a big deal, but for me it was. Honestly, I have never even done snorkeling, so breathing underneath the water made me a bit nervous.  I had to constantly remind myself to “breath with your mouth, breath with your mouth, damn Marta!! With your MOUTH not your nose!” Moreover, the moment we hit the bottom of the sea I was sure I ended up with a different group and without my buddy- oh how wrong I was.
Despite the fear, breathing problems and underwater hallucinations it was a great experience. This world of floating beings in all possible colors made me fall in love with nature with an entirely new strength, which reminds me how precious and fragile it is.

 

 

Stone Town mobile.

Vogue.

This time it is all about posing and being photogenic. Honestly, how difficult is it to take such pictures if your models are so full of grace and charm? Well, whether they knew about it or not, scenes of their everyday activities have been captured and shared with you, my friends. Enjoy!

The world of Azure.

From Daar to Zanzi.

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.

Stone Town on Zanzibar is indeed an entrance to paradise! It will always stay in my memory as one of the most enchanting places I’ve ever had a chance to visit. Narrow streets still reflect the “golden ages”, when the slave trade brought prosperity to the island. As a popular destination, mainly for the Arabs and Indians (from India), Zanzibar has been influenced by these two groups significantly. The Islamic heritage is reflected in magnificent architecture, while the local kitchen surprises with its vast variety of Indian spices.