Night walk on African doorways
• Night walk on African doorways
I remember before going to Zanzibar scared me that night is better to sit in the hotel and will not be put out. In an extreme case, to confine a walk along the main street of Stone Town, where the main tourist restaurants. But in any case do not go on gates of the old town, the market and the surrounding areas ...
Yes, of course, Africa is not the safe place on Earth, but relatively Zanzibar and Stone Town, in particular, I can say that even at night it is quiet here, no one rips off your photo equipment and does not take money in the doorway. People, if you wish, happy to go to the contact, ask, how do you and agree on the photo, kids surround the large crowd and strive to get into the frame, shadow people bypass you, seeing that you sat down on the pavement in search of the frame ...
We walked around the night of Stone Town on a lot of hours for three days and during that time there was not the slightest hint of any sharp or dangerous situation. In general, it is here, in Zanzibar, all night quietly enough and there is no hurry to do in the night city interesting shots.
The streets are far from contemporary Moscow or Europe. They are then more widely, it is already, the lighter it is fully immersed in the darkness, the poorer the better off.
where life goes on everywhere. Sometimes some streets seem deserted, but this is very misleading. residents of the adjacent house doors open directly to the street paving, so often passed the next door, you can feel at someone's eyes from the open door ...
In fact, not even the streets late at night are deserted. Here, someone always goes somewhere, or riding a bicycle / motorbike.
And in the doorways at night a lot of people sitting. They can just sit, eat, drink tea or something to watch in your smartphone.
In the very depths of Stone Town, there is one very interesting place. It is called "Coffee." Here, at the intersection of four streets, formed a kind of snout-area. Residents of nearby streets folded much as you can and hang on this patch of television, which converge in the evening to watch everyone (TV in the house is not everyone Zanzibaris).
And here every evening brews coffee kofeyschik old. So many people come here not so much for the TV, but for the sake of coffee. Because of this, the old man-kofeyschika area called "coffee."
If you sit here for an hour or two and watch the people, you will notice that even here everything is subject to a certain hierarchy: at some places sit old men in rigorous white robes, others younger, to third people dressed less severely (up to sports suits).
"Coffee" - a place of meetings, communication, exchange news and rumors. Here flows the, measured life.
So freely sit, drink coffee and watch TV on the street can afford only men. Women, even if occasionally appear at this point, here are "in transit" and quickly pass by, hurrying home.
In general, during the night of African men walk around the city freely and leisurely, and how women try to escape from the field of view as soon as possible and get to his house.
The life of an African street life is very different from the Russian streets. There often are asleep, where is it, and read the press, and simply go about their business.
No one here did not bother on the subject of where to put the slop ... As you can see, even at night.
soldier sleeps, it is service.
Night streets in cities is very colorful and textured. The only thing, their coverage is very poor and, at times, incredibly difficult to photograph.
Another Zanzibari floating in your mobile phone.
Stuck. This funny scene we have seen already directly near their hotel. Someone left the wagon and the remnants of building materials directly on the street, and the other one decided that he could pass through. Did not work out...
The individual lines deserve African kids. They are very wary, but incredibly curious, energetic and spirited. If you can arrange them to yourself, then you can not these kids just walk away, they will run after you, ask to show photos and laugh out loud with poorly received by the other.
If it is very good to win, they will arrange you a spontaneous speech.
To be honest, I even to some extent amazed pirouettes that were given these little mischief.
This is where a real boyish enthusiasm, which I still remember from my childhood ...
How do selfie fun with these kids? Because they still did not want to have to let go of trying to lie down again attention acrobatic pirouettes and constantly trying to look into the camera, what happened there ...
In general, the Stone Town was not as terrible as it drew me to some friends and commentators. A night shot and did bring a lot of positive emotions and impressions ...