This is our view of the Indian Ocean from our hotel. Beautifully dressed Muslim women walk up and down the beach, often carrying things on their head.


Today we went to a spice farm, where Mr. Spice showed us 56 varieties of plants, like the annato above, which makes red curry red and serves as lipstick and nail polish. 


These green things are cloves, growing in abundance on the island.  You can see the shape of the whole cloves.


Cacao grows in big pods like this one. It needs sugar to taste like the wonderful dark chocolate we enjoy. 


Cinnamon comes from the bark of a tree. The wounds from the bark being stripped away heal and produce more bark. 

It was so exciting to see the spices we live to use in cooking in their natural habitat.