10/9/09: Zanzibar, Tanzania
I was just getting comfortable on our hour-long bus ride back to Stone Town this morning when all of a sudden we stopped and the driver hopped out to look underneath. The bus was stuck on a small hill, and it looked like several of us fatter riders were going to need to get out for it to continue. Then it hit me…
I don’t know what made me think of them – maybe it was the beautiful ocean scenery, maybe it was the shop nearby selling African art, or perhaps it was my wife sitting next to me shouting, “Kevin, we left the paintings in the room!” Whatever it was, sure enough they had managed to slip my thorough hotel checkout check (a long-standing Curry family tradition where the dominant male in the family searches every nook and cranny of a hotel room as the rest of the family is leaving). Sometimes I get so caught up in the drawers and under the bed that I forget to check the obvious places like next to the door.
We had fortunately gotten stuck just a couple hundred yards from our resort, so in my all-purpose Chaco flip flops I took off running back to the room while the rest of us on the right side of the bus piled out. Sprinting at a Usain Bolt pace (the pace he uses to walk old ladies across the street), I managed to grab the paintings, keep my flip flops on and return to the bus just as the last of everyone was getting back on the bus.
Unfortunately, one of our other travelers was not so lucky, as she realized once we stopped in Stone Town that she left her passport in the safe in her bungalow. Fortunately, she was able to catch a cab back and still get back to the town in time to catch our ferry (as we had planned two hours to eat and shop in Stone Town).
Kids, the lesson here is to not get carried away in the African souvenir markets, because if we had never bought the paintings we would have had nothing to forget. Oh, and don’t forget your passports anywhere ever.
Pictures of the Day: I just think this boat’s name is cool.
Remember Ben and Kate and Trevor and Jan? We all randomly bumped into each other at dinner tonight. (Also, in case you tried to visit Ben and Kate’s website, it got hacked into but should be up and running again in the next few weeks.)