One of the most beautiful aspects of Zanzibari architecture is the carved wooden door. There are different distinct styles, including the Arabic (the carvings form a rectangle over the door) and Indian (the carvings form a semi-circle over the door). As I read to Sandy about the doors from my guidebook, he smiled indulgently at my guide-book-nerdiness, but I noticed that later, he recited it all verbatim to our friends as if he had written a dissertation: I Know Everything there is to Know about Carved Wooden Door in Zanzibar. Did you know that the decorative brass spikes protruding from Indian-style doors were originally placed out of necessity – to protect the doors against marauding elephants? See? Fascinating stuff….