Month: November 2016

Review: Serena Inn Stone Town

We were only there for one night, but I have to say that the Serena Inn Stone Town was wonderful. It’s centrally located (yet still on the water) so it’s easy to go anywhere from the the hotel. It’s also easy to find your way back, even through the winding streets. The key elements that I liked: Great water pressure and hot water, which are must haves after spending a day walking around in the heat Soft fluffy towels, for dying off after that much needed shower Nice room Great hair dryer, which those of us with long hair appreciate! Excellent service Again, we were just there for one night. There isn’t much more that I can add. But I would say that when we go back to Stone Town, we’ll definitely stay at the Serena again. And yes, I took that photo because it reminded me of that one bar scene in The Mummy. (Unlike the movie, there were no old pilots or ageing belly dancers.) Note: On the front of the hotel the …

Stone Town

This time, during our trip to Zanzibar, we made it into Stone Town! We just had one day but it was enough. Here’s how we spent that day. We checked into the Serena Inn (review coming up in a future post) after getting dropped off from Blue Bay Beach Resort (review for that also coming up in a future post). We had the Serena book us a dinner reservation for that night at the Emerson Spice Hotel (you guess it, there will be a review in a future post). We then got a map and started to wander around and explore. We wandered around the narrow winding streets, popping in and out of stores. It was fun to stroll along, get lost a few times, and find our way back on track. I seriously think that’s part of the fun of Stone Town. If you don’t lose your way at least twice, then you’re doing it wrong. We stopped for lunch at a tapas place that we randomly found. We saw a sign on Gizenga …

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Election Reaction

It comes down to this: hate won. I am not naïve. I never thought America was perfect or without racism or sexism. I’ve experienced both (in America and elsewhere). I just didn’t realize how much hate there is or how intense. That is what has me, and many other Americans, in such a state of shock and horror. Half of our country voted for hate. Hate is now legitimized. I am frightened for America. What will happen next? I worry about civil rights, human rights, reproductive rights, the right to love, the economy, the environment, foreign policy, foreign relations, and what the hell kind of future we can possibly have with the politics of hate. A lot of damage can be done in four years.  Look at what’s happening in schools and college campuses. The damage has already started and neither Trump nor a single Trump supporter has spoken out against the racist, misogynistic, and homophobic acts.  In some ways, I am happy to be abroad. I won’t have to deal with some of the things …