Monthly Archives: November 2013

Three food victories

1. The cake lady makes a chicken sandwich that is secretly her veggie sandwich but with chicken on it, for the same price.  As far as I can tell, the ingredients are: chicken, greens, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, green pepper, … Continue reading

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Hearts and Bones

I’m not complaining, I’m not complaining but, yes, I’m complaining.  It’s been a physically and  somewhat emotionally exhausting week, and I sometimes just want to list all of the things that make it that way: the heat in a steaming … Continue reading

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Reasons to be excited about being back in Zanzibar, pt. 2

1. The cake lady The cake lady might arguably be recognized by all westerners in Zanzibar as a “game changer.”  She opened shop a few weeks ago and sits often by her open blue doors, inviting customers in.  She sells … Continue reading

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Why is washing clothes with Naifa so fun?

Because she plays with the water and bubbles in the basin, picks up the bubbles and puts them on her face like a mustache, covers her fingers with them and makes bubble claws at you and growling noises, and gathering … Continue reading

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Forodhani

On Sunday, Naifa and Nawal and I went to Forodhani, to sit and buy ice cream and popcorn, to buy ice cream again and to generally sit and watch.  Nawal saw her Turkish teacher, who she didn’t want to talk … Continue reading

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Reasons to be excited about being back in Zanzibar: Sister Act

1. My Swahili teacher, Mwalimu Omar, is fascinated with the concept of Halloween and has started most every day of class this week by asking us to once again explain the concept and origins of this holiday; and in fact … Continue reading

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