I am Mauritian (from Mauritius island in the Indian Ocean) but I have been living for almost ten years now in Reunion island which is about 45 minutes away by plane.
Both islands, though one is an independent country and the other a French department, are multiculturals ones, where people from Indian, Chinese, African and European origins live in harmony.
Reunion island is very green with its protected forests and surrounded by mountains. Hiking is its major touristic attraction, mainly to visit the Piton des Neiges and the active volcano La Fournaise. Mauritius though very near is quite different. Though it has during the last decade been widely industrialised, tradition and modernity mingles in daily life. Tourism is one of its major economy. It has huge five star hotels and welcomes visitors worldwide. Living among foreigners is part of the Mauritian lifestyle.
As a literature part time teacher and PhD student in anglo-indian literature, I am fond of books, I read everything that comes under my eyes, from comics to literature. For the moment, I am reading Christian Jacq's books, which deals about the history of egypt while drafting amazing plots of fictitious conspirations. I also like Paulo Coelho's and Bharati Mukherjee's works.
Away from my books, I am always dreaming of new destinations to visit. I love travelling abroad either for conferences, cultural visits, visiting friends and family, meeting new friends or simply for tourism. I have been to Italy (Turin), England (Newcastle), Scotland (Edinburgh), Belgium (La Panne), Monacco and made several trips to France (Paris, Lille, Biarritz, Toulouse, Toulon, Marseille, Cannes, Nice).
I enjoyed each of these trips as if it was the first time I was taking the plane. There's so much to discover and I am always eager to find out about the culture and history of each place I set foot.
The most amazing trip I made was on my way to England. My first break was in Dunkerque (tip north of France), it was soooo cold inspite of the summer season (Well in Reunion, winter is 22° ;-) If anyone knows about the film "Bienvenue chez les Chtis," well the surrounding of Dunkerque (and the whole lifestyle) is the setting of the film.Then I set off to Biarritz with its huge waves and surfers. I had the opportunity to visit lots of small villages of Bayonne and tasted the most delicious espelette chilli chocolate and sheep's cheese with cherry jam, Awsome!! Then I went to Paris, which I already knew, but there's always something new there to see. That time I walked through the city, it gave another view of the cosmopolitan city life. I finally ended my two months holidays in Newcastle, where I met and lived for three weeks with some of the greatest persons (British, French, Ecuatorian and Dutch) I know now.
What I enjoy most during all my trips is to taste the local food. This also gives me the opportunity to share Mauritian and Reunionese recipes and cultural habits with the people I meet. I love travelling to meet people, get to know their culture and ways of life.
I have been a guest to many of the places I have visited and I consider all of my hosts as great friends today. We still see each other as soon as we can... my last meeting was with my Biarritz host in Montmartre two years after we last met... and time seem to have never gone by. Some of my hosts have even visited me in Reunion island.
I am an easy to live girl. I do not have food preferences. I am not allergic to anything (up to now).
I love to discuss with my hosts, helps to learn new languages and improve my english.
Any question, please write to me.
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page" St Augustine.