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Variety is the Spice of Life

By Linda Tancs

Variety is the spice of life in Zanzibar–in more ways than one.  On the one hand, it’s known as the spice island thanks to its export of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper.  On the other hand, it’s a cultural melting pot owing to the vast array of settlers that it’s seen over the centuries, like Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phonecians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguse, Omani Arabs, Dutch and British.  Tourism is the spice of life for this island paradise in the Indian Ocean as well–from the golden sands of Mangapwani to the haunting reminders of the slave trade in historically prominent Stone Town.


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