Mauritius: Bienvenue a Maurice
Bienvenue a Maurice
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My flight from Johannesburg takes me 1,491 miles off the east coast of Africa to the heart of the Indian Ocean. I passed over the island of Madagascar (large), then Reunion Island (smaller), before descending on Mauritius (tiny!)
The island seemingly pops out of nowhere. Cerulean waters turn to turquoise before giving way to white beaches, then sharp mountains of black volcanic rock. From above, it looks like paradise.
Mauritian-born Alain is waiting to greet me at the airport and serve as the team’s guide. As we drive from the airport to our hotel, we pass endless fields of sugarcane, pastel-colored houses, mosques, Hindu temples, and churches.
The variety of languages spoken in Mauritius also reflects the mix of cultures on the island. At any market or street corner, I can hear French, English, or Mauritian Creole – sometimes all at once! My French especially has already come in handy since arriving. I can’t wait to see if this helps me understand Mauritian Creole because it’s based heavily on French. I bet that I’ll be able to discern about two-thirds of what I hear, but speaking it will be another story. I better start practicing!