My dad is one of the most incredible people I know. I am beyond blessed and grateful for an amazing father who has sacrificed so much, has given so much love and unconditional support and is one of the happiest, goofiest, funniest people with the biggest heart, smile and laugh.
You can hear his laugh a mile before you see him and I don’t know many people who don’t love my dad and all that he is.
On Sunday the 10th of November, my dad turned 60. We were all in Zanzibar to celebrate this fantastic milestone.
My family, my sisters boyfriend Ross and my mom and dad’s friends from America – Nancy and Art were there. My boyfriend, Socrates (Sox) couldn’t join us earlier due to work commitments, but he joined us a few days later and we had 2 celebrations.
We woke up early and walked along the beach in time for the cotton candy pink sunrise.
It is also a time when the fishermen and fishing boats do their magic…
We watched fishermen pulling Marlin and other fish onto the beach into the Nungwi Fish Market. We were just in time to watch the Fish Auction. I found it fascinating.
After a stroll on the beach we headed for breakfast and then Dad opened his gifts.
At midday, the hotel did a tour of the Nungwi Fish Market and the village…
|The local ironer|
That evening, Double Tree threw my dad a birthday dinner on the beach. We had brought a table runner saying: 60 Today, 60th balloons and Happy Birthday confetti for the table, which they decorated.
|Mom and I|
They baked this delicious cake and came out singing their very festive “Hakuna Matata Jambo Jambo Birthday song” – it was so special.
The birthday celebrations continued the following week at Pongwe Beach Hotel too…
The staff at Pongwe also baked my dad a cake and sang the special birthday song for him. The vibe in Zanzibar is magical.
I took over 1600 photos of Zanzibar and have been sorting through them. I have so much to share with you, so I’ll be doing that, as well as some of my travel tips for those planning to go to Zanzibar.
I have come back feeling recharged and motivated. I have so many great ideas for my radio show, my blog, my YouTube channel and I can’t wait to get cracking.
Thanks for reading my blog – it means more to me than you know… I’m back now and will be back to posting daily.
PS. All the photography is proudly my own and should you want to use a photo please be kind enough to ask as it is copyrighted.