You know when something happens in your life that you NEVER dreamt would be possible, like never? Well, right now I’m experiencing one of those very moments… My very first international blogging trip is here and we’re going on a Second Honeymoon!!
Since I booked my FastJet flights to Dar es Salaam I have been pinching myself with the un-realness of it all. I mean can you actually cope?? How absolutely unreal is it that I am going on an international blogging trip, with my husband, WITHOUT the kids??? I know right – unreal!
The second honeymoon I always dreamt about, but never expected to actually happen, is happening and I’m BEYOND!
The last time I traveled with a passport was about 5 years ago (I had to renew mine it was so out of date!). On that last trip I was 9 weeks pregnant and feeling horribly nauseous. The trip had been booked when I was struggling to fall pregnant, as a way of taking my mind off things, but ultimately I had to make my way through 24 hours of travel via Dubai to the UK all on my own and then wander the streets of Italy (again on my ace) looking for the next church to take refuge in when the nausea got too much! I’m not complaining, it was a great trip and I got to see lovely friends and a few parts of the world that were new to me, but I’m very happy to redeem international travel and go somewhere WITH my best travel partner!
So, back to this trip…. This exotic destination has been on my bucket list for years, as one of those destinations that would be amazing to visit but probably wouldn’t work out…. what with school fees, car services, bond repayments, bills…. fellow parents will know how it goes! So when the opportunity arose to spend 4 nights away from the craziness of my normal life, and to reconnect with my husband, I was super excited, and then a bit nervous, and then overjoyed, and then anxious, and then balls-to-the-wall let’s make this happen!
And we did!
And we’re going to ZANZIBAR.
Zanzibar is a unique coral island in the Indian Ocean, lying a short distance from Tanzania, it was originally an independent country until 1964, when it was united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania.
Over centuries different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to make the island what it is today. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and British have settled here at one time or another and influenced the local culture to create the present fusion.
Its heyday came in the early 19th century when the Sultan of Muscat moved his court to Zanzibar. Spice cultivation was developed (particularly the clove tree), and the slave trade was at its height – Zanzibar became the most important place in East Africa.
We will be staying at the 5-star resort of Melia in Zanzibar located on the east coast of the island near the village of Kiwengwa. Besides sunning myself on the beach with a great book and doing a bit of snorkelling, I’m really looking forward to spending time with my husband of almost 13 years! This will be the first time we will be away together (sans enfants) for longer than 2 nights in over 8 years! So far the longest we’ve managed is a weekend for our anniversary once a year! Obviously we are both “over-the-moon” about enjoying a Second Honeymoon. I just hope we have enough to say to each other to fill 4 whole days!! Eeeeek…
I’m also really looking forward to doing a few excursions around the island to discover more of it’s beauty and history – a Spice Tour, visit to Stone Town and cruise on a dhow are all on my wish list. Will have to see how far our little budget goes!!
In the mean time will you please allow me to share with you a few pics of the paradise that is Zanzibar….
OK sorry about that – I apologise for all these horrible pics, that was mean! (esp to those of you working in an office today!) If you’d like to follow my trip on social media look out for my posts on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook!
Here is a run down of the all the blog posts I wrote about our second honeymoon to Melia Hotel Zanzibar…
Traveling to Zanzibar
A walking tour of Stone Town
Exploring the Markets of Stone Town
Secrets of Stone Town
Our stay at Melia Hotel Zanzibar
Zanzibar Beach Bliss
Scuba Diving in Zanzibar
A Spice Tour on the Spice Island