Archive for January 2011

10,000 miles in 36 hours

What a great trip to Zanzibar! I am still processing my trip mentally and amazingly, my jet lag is not that bad. I am thinking it has to do with the fact that I’ve survived the newborn days of two children!

Of the ten days we were there, only two were spent in town. The rest were at the beach in the village of Jambiani.  Here are some number facts from the trip…they’ll be more photos and stories coming.

  • 36  – number of hours to get there from doorstep to doorstep
  • 10,000 – number of miles one-way
  • 4 – modes of transportation required to get there
  • 1,400 – shillings to a dollar
  • 600 – cost in shillings of a Coke at a street stand
  • 15,000 – cost in shillings of a lobster dinner
  • 1,000 – cost in shillings that the policeman at the Paje traffic stop wanted as a bribe (plus a handful of chashews)
  • 45 – cost per night of a our beach bungalow (including breakfast)
  • 30 – number of feet that the Indian Ocean was from our bungalow
  • 1,600 – the number of images that I took (I think, I am still downloading…)

and the adventure begins

Zanzibar |?zanz??bär| :  an island off the coast of East Africa, part of Tanzania; pop. 641,000. In 1964, it became a republic and united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania.

Tomorrow I am going to back to Zanzibar. Just writing the words seems foreign – I haven’t been back there since 2004. While this is my fifth time to venture to the island since 1998, it’s the first time I’ve gone without my husband. And the first time I’ve had kids to worry about. They’re staying here with a mix of nannies and grandmas, while Karl takes on the role of mommy and daddy. Last year, when he went on the same trip, I managed ok and I think he will too.

Everyone asks, why Zanzibar? The only way I can describe it, is that it’s the only place in the world where I can sit still, figuratively and literally. The humdrum of life, the sea breeze, the rise and fall of the tides all make for a mesmerizing experience. It’s a different culture and a different world and I can’t wait to escape there for awhile. With that said, I am going to have to fight the urge (and I know it will wane after day four or five) to jump online and check out Facebook or write a blog post. But the whole point of the trip is to take a break, digital media included. (Disclaimer – I will have an unlocked iPhone with so that Karl and the kids can call me.)

Now, I didn’t say that I was taking a break from the camera though! I am still debating on which lenses, which bodies, and which film to take. I’ll probably end up taking mostly black and white, just because it’s me.

The quick agenda: depart tomorrow afternoon for Chicago, head to London, hang out in Terminal 4 at Heathrow, jump onto another plane to go to Nairobi, experience the Nairobi airport for a very short time, hop onto another plane to Zanzibar. Arrival, Saturday morning @ 9 am.

I’ll be back at the studio January 20 …