Sunday, November 22, 2009

Now I know my A. B, C's...

As Maya and Ellen have pointed out along this journey through the alphabet, I have made more than one mistake. I skipped E and now I think that there are 2 letters after Y. You can't really blame me though, in Norwegian there are 3 more letters in the alphabet, Æ, Ø and Å.
But now I'm at the end of the road, wondering what to do next. Now I need a new project and if anyone has an idea, give me! I know a friend has suggested one picture from each year of my life. Interesting challenge. Access to digital pictures from those days are limited, now. But at home in my parents house, my father has a huge library of photos. He has one or two folders for each year since the 60's, and he has a scanner. So getting pictures WILL be possible. During Christmas, when I'm going home (hurray!).

But today's picture I have known the whole time what would be. A picture from Zanzibar. I spent a semester in Tanzania when I was in Uni, and outside Dar Es Salaam where I stayed, lie the beautiful islands of Zanzibar. Zanzibar is commonly seen as one particular place, but it consists of the two islands, Unguja and Pemba. Unguja is the main island where most tourists visit. My life long regret will be that I only went there twice within those 5 months I was there... It was truly amazing, beautiful, paradisic (a word?), special, magic. Such an amazing mix of Asian and African culture, together with the Islamic. Herbs, fruits, scarfs, colours, fish, white beaches, superblue water. The smell of cloves everywhere. The night food market, the lovely restaurants with the amazing Zanzibari food, different from anything you'd get anywhere else in Tanzania. The calls for prayer all over the island, the narrow streets, and finally - The Zanzibari Doors, which I have decided to show today. This is how the traditional doors used to look like. They are hand carved, and were originally supposed to protect and show wealth and security.

Zanzibar is an amazing place, it's not just a cliche in the tourist brochures. Gosh, now I REALLY feel like going there!!

The picture is stolen from a friend, Kristin! Hope you dont mind I stole your photo...

3 comments:

Myne Whitman said...

What is the picture about? Have a nice week.

Yngvild said...

The picture is about the special Zzzzanzibari doors they have in zANzibar :-) not more exciting im afraid. Have a nice week too!

Ellen said...

What about a project with places where you have been? With a little bit of a story about why you went there? Important places in Yngvild's life???