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If you follow our blog then you will already know that we LOVE markets. Everything about them. Somehow we feel so alive and also at home in the midst of them. The noise, the smell, the sights. It is a cornucopia of them all.

In Swahili we call markets 'soko'.  So today I will speak to you in a little Swahili.....twende sokoni!. Let's go to the market!






























































Most of Stone Town in a market. Buying selling, doing business in the streets to make ends meet is all part of life here. Fruit, veg and so many things that will fill your belly are sold alongside doors, kanga (traditional cloth), shoes and more.

It's a great place to walk, watch and talk to people. We did a lot of haggling, smiling, declining. I had a great time showing Hiro and our friend (who normally lives in Tokyo) all the things I knew as a child growing up. I was proud to be able to explain what things are. Excited to show them the snacks that I would rush to buy after school as a sweet-toothed child. Things like ubuyu, ladoo and kashata. I taught them a few Kiswahili words like "shikamoo" and "kwaheri" and we smiled bug smiled when an old fellow astonished us with his knowledge of a few Japanese words.  

Most of all, I was delighted that they both loved what they saw.

For The Adventurous | See More of Our Adventures in Zanzibar HERE  Check out more of our favourite Markets here |



12 comments:

  1. Hi, guys! It's been a while! I went on a hiatus and now back for sure with the new year! Hey, I can see durians there! I don't even know that they are popular in that part of the world and thanks to you I do now. It must be a real something to your friends to be able to see this scene as it is so different than big cities in Japan. I love markets too and yes, if a person is not used to them, it could be quite intimidating. Love this post and thanks for sharing!

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  2. I think I love the idea of markets better than I love markets themselves. What I mean is that in these photos, the market in Stone Town looks so charming and that makes me think I would like to visit. But I know that in reality, being there would make me feel anxious and claustrophobic and I would rush to leave. Except maybe from the snack stand ;) I would love to read more about the snacks you ate growing up.
    xox,
    Cee

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  3. I love when you share pictures from Africa. It is such a vibrant country. So imperfectly perfect if that makes sense :)

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  4. Great pictures as usual! It's funny but these pictures make me miss fresh sun ripened exotic fruit. And I'm just sitting here with my box of dried papaya cubes :( I could almost kill for one of those fresh ripe papaya's right now...

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  5. You're the perfect tour guide. Hopefully one day we find ourselves in Japan together.

    Buckets & Spades

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  6. Ahem...I want to go to the market!! Looks amazing, I want to buy one of those doors, haha!! Perfect perfect :))) xx

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  7. I love showing people around - trouble is that my tastes are often a bit off-key. Ah well, at least you will be sure of seeing more that what a guide book tell you!

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  8. Aye too right, you never know what you will get!

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  9. I love hearing things about childhood memories. And I love that you got to share them with Hiro and your friend. I always do that to Yangkyu. Every little thing that made me sad, happy and curious when i was a child, I share with Yangkyu. And Piri but he doesn't really seem to care :)

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  10. i really like markets too :D this one looks amazing and I bet it was made even better by your tour and memories :)
    xo

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  11. Fantastic photos and lovely words. I would love to hear more about your childhood memories. Please take me with you next time. :)

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