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The Lizard: The Peninsular Unknown

Lizard… where do I even begin. This place is wonderous! An unexpected gem situated at the southern tip of Cornwall, in Southern England. During my research for this trip I merely knew the more popular attractions of the Minack Theatre and other southern tip, Land’s End. I came across this place called the Lizard , and the images online were beautiful, but nothing quite clearly prepared me for the place in reality!

Walking along the coastline

Walking along the coastline

We arrived on a clear sunny(lucky) extremely blustery morning and started off our walk along the coastal part of this peninsular. Word has it that the place is called Lizard due to the rocks being composed of serpentinite. I am not a big fan of the animal itself.

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Our path took us inland too,across meandering small trails suitable for any hiker of any level. I was very envious of people who lived in the town and had this in their own backyard! Imagine morning or sunset walks!! I especially loved wandering inland for a bit, it took us away from the biting cold winds even in the spring of May, and gave us a chance to enjoy the greenery without having to flick our hair away from our faces every 5 seconds.

This particular stretch made me think of Lord of the Rings, of course it is not as magnificient as New Zealand, but perhaps it could pass off as the flatlands or grasslands of Rohan? 🙂 Nonetheless, I was a happy city girl stumbling along the grasses, loving the fresh air and nature in my surroundings for a change. Sometimes, cities and skyscrapers can be absolutely suffocating.

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Scraggly rocks and the sea

Scraggly rocks and the sea

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Can someone actually jump up and down for joy at the sight of such green?! I wished I was one of the many dogs for many a moment, able to run free and sniff the beautiful air, wrestling their bellies against the lush green grass and bushes.

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Another of my favourite pictures from the region, the stairways to heaven, I name it in my head. This was a stairway that we had wandered down earlier, travelling inland away from the coast. On our journey back, we climbed back up this particular flight and my face turned toward the sunlight, its rays flaying on the grass at the sides. The stairs paved the way to a higher place which crested the top of a hill and led us to the coast yet again.  It was like the breath of inland before entering the battle of the winds.

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Though it may not look it, the winds that morning were at least 50mph. It was still the best place in Cornwall and it ranked top amongst all our votes. Definitely recommend it to anyone who’s heading down to Cornwall! More of lizard photos on my photostream.

Paradise of Tanzania: Zanzibar

The sun rays hit the side of the bus windows as we rolled into endless plains and flatlands, littered with the occasional shady tree. The grass sparse, trampled on by wild zebras and giraffes. I opened my eyes and took all of this in at once, cramped in the backseat, coming to terms that I have arrived in Tanzania. The first resemblance which popped into my mind was that of the opening scenes of the Lion King.

We crossed the plains of this vast region toward Dar Es Salaam, where we caught the ferry into Zanzibar. You can also take a 45 minute plane ride. The archipelago wraps around the east coast of Tanzania, a region commonly known as the Land of the Serengeti. One day I would wish to return for a safari.

Stone Town in Zanzibar is located on the western side of the island and its usually the first stop for travellers. It is the main urban area to walk the narrow streets and winding alleys , soaking in the culture and smell of the sea before you head out into the vast beaches dotting the coast.

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The corridors of the Stone Town are winding roads with balconies and terraces. The accommodations usually hostels and lodges.

One of the cleaner corridors! Palm trees and sunny skies enhances the white terraces

One of the cleaner corridors! Palm trees and sunny skies enhances the white terraces

This island seems very far away from home, no one back in Singapore has really heard or talk much about this area.  I only learnt about it whilst researching for my trip to Uganda.

Every night there is a pretty big seafood market in the open square next to the sea, where the locals grill and barbeque fresh seafood. Its amazing, the smells are so captivating! Garlic and butter, mixed with the saltiness of the air, seafood and large arrays of sugarcane and desserts.

Kebabs

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Every shop is filled to the brim with stacks and stacks of food on skewers or fresh seafood laid out on their table. You just pick what you want and its on the grill for you. IMG_0199

People just come for their dinners, cheap and made hot on the spot. They sit along the coast, chomping on their food and have a real good time.IMG_0200

Hello, would you like some Octopus??

Hello, would you like some Octopus??

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Another highlight of Zanzibar are the spices!! The next day we headed to the other market which is also densely visited in the day. The Spice Market.

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IMG_0210Shop after shop after shop, filled with tons and tons of spices! All individually wrapped into plastic, labelled, their colours resemble that of art tools for kids.

It's easy to picture merchants and fishermen shipping their spices off to the markets.

It’s easy to picture merchants and fishermen shipping their spices off to the markets.

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