From TICC to the northern tip of Zanzibar is around 36NM. Due to southerly winds we used the 60hp outboard engine for the whole journey that took a little over 6 hours.
The Dhow that took us to Zanzibar is owned by Sture, a Swede who is now retired and lives in Tanga. He has built two boats that are used for Sea Safaris. Lady Diana 1 was the first boat he built, and this year he built the Lady Diana 2, a 14 metre ocean worthy dhow that can take up to 48 passengers.
This trip to Zanzibar was arranged for a group of Norwegian nurse students who stay at TICC but now took a couple of days off for vacation.
I wanted to meet Siw and Muhammed who are here in Zanzibar now. Muhammed is from Zanzibar but has lived in Sweden for around 35 years being married to Swedish Siw. They are now here for the winter where Muhammed needs to take care of a lot of family matters as he is now the elder of his family.
For me this is also time to explore Stone Town and to get a feeling of this island that in a way reminds of Gotland. It is a sun paradise, with an island to the north and a Stone Town to the west. Lots of tourism and farming, also handicraft and arts.
There is another connection… I write this at the rooftop restaurant of Emerson Spice Hotel in Stone Town. It was co-founded by Helen Hörlin who came to Zanzibar 20 years ago and founded one of the first luxury bungalows on Zanzibar. Helen and her sister grew up on the island of Gotland and one of my goals here is to meet with her and learn about her story, and hopefully to tell it as well.