Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Doors of Zanzibar | Travel

The winding streets of Stone Town on the Island of Zanzibar often lead to many lost tourists.  On the afternoon my wife and I began wandering through the streets, we were humoured by a German couple frantically trying to find their location on the map after being lost for nearly 3 hours. 

Having a chuckle we walked on deeper into the maze of buildings, a left here, a right there, stopping for photos often.  The doors were absolutely stunning. The immensity of the elaborate doors, surrounded by dull, muted architecture seemed out of place.

I later learned that the doors were a symbol of opulence and house owners would try and out-do their neighbours by building more and more exsquisite doors. The result is some 800+ unique hand carved wooden doors.

It was only as the light was fading that I realised that we too, like the fretting tourists earlier were well and truly lost.  After a few rounds of charades with some local store owners and following my nose to the scent of the fish market we came out near the ocean. Feeling a little shamed we had laughed at the lost couple earlier in the day.