Things don’t immediately go to plan – in setting off half a day before planned and hoping to get an extra day’s worth of beach action, Gill gets stranded in Dar es Salaam for an extra night with a host of other would-be passengers who fit into one of a few categories including adventure trekkers with backpacks bigger than 5-year-olds, Germans waiting to shoot things, Americans do-gooding for God or African high-fliers clutching NGO conference bags advertising AIDS, sleeping sickness or malaria. But beach reached and all’s forgotten. Gill proclaims this to be a blissful place. ‘Travel writers’, Gill writes, ‘tend to be snooty about beaches, but I think they miss the deep therapeutic mystery of beaches.’ Gill calls Vamizi Island ‘a pearl in a thousand miles of crushed shell.’
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