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Rachel Hamada is one of the founding editors of Mambo magazine. She has worked as a professional journalist for over 12 years, recently covering travel for publications in the UK, Canada and South Africa. She was previously assistant editor of Holyrood magazine, Scotland’s main political and parliamentary magazine, where she won an award from Amnesty International for reporting on refugee issues. She has also worked for Scottish newspapers, the Economist group and has experience in the fields of travel, business and technology journalism. She studied social and political science at Cambridge University, including a study of class in the book publishing industry, and then took a postgraduate diploma in journalism at City University in London. She also runs editing business Wordfundi.
What I love about Zanzibar:
I love so many aspects of Zanzibar that it's hard to choose favourites, but my corner of the island is the south-east - around Bwejuu, Paje and Jambiani. This is still one of my favourite places on the island because of the open beaches that stretch for miles and the freshest air. I also, however, love the island's fertile interior and the villages where the pace of life has still been almost unaffected by tourism.