Do you know what burnt sugar smells like? If you’ve ever left a pot of sugar on the hob, and carelessly gone to do some other task, you’ll know that it smells like caramel, ash, and it clings to your clothes for days after. When my family and I arrived in Mauritius fifteen years ago, … Continue reading Burnt Sugar: A love letter
The Free People of Taghazout
Two types of worship happen in Taghazout, and both start by getting to your knees. Both answer a call at sunrise- the scratchy sound of a 90’s sound system blasting out the call to prayer, and the other, the crashing of a decent wave on the shore. I had arrived in Taghazout, Morocco to answer … Continue reading The Free People of Taghazout
Mauritius. It’s in Africa. (And other things you might not know).
1. It’s in Africa. You might be eating an Indian Curry while chatting to your waiter in French while fireworks go off for Chinese New Year. But guess what, you’re in Africa. Mauritius is nothing like mainland Africa. If you had to liken it to anywhere, it would be India. The only lions and giraffes … Continue reading Mauritius. It’s in Africa. (And other things you might not know).
Travel Stories: My First (Scary) Night in Madagascar
That night, Madagascar greeted me at the airport with a thick, smoky darkness, a gruff one-toothed driver and a taxi with a door that flew open around corners. I had arrived in south-west Madagascar to live and work amongst the Vezo fisher folk who subsisted entirely off the spoils of the Toliara reef system. … Continue reading Travel Stories: My First (Scary) Night in Madagascar
How to Do Tropical Islands Right
Despite now having a degree in Geography, I went through a good portion of my life (ahem..twenty years) thinking that islands just floated around on the top of the sea. When asked why they didn't move around, I concluded that they must be anchored to the sea floor by tree roots. Even when I sadly … Continue reading How to Do Tropical Islands Right
The Five Best Beaches in Mauritius
I don't think it needs to be said that Mauritius has some beautiful beaches. The tiny tropical island is almost completely ringed by coral reef which means that the beaches are calm and shallow. Not ideal for surfing but perfect for swimming, water sports, and sipping a drink in the shallows. All beaches on Mauritius … Continue reading The Five Best Beaches in Mauritius
Becoming a Divemaster: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
This article is part two in a series about the process of getting my PADI Divemaster certification. I felt that it was not real life to omit the fear I had to overcome to do this course, so I wrote about that in part one. This article will focus on the good and bad parts … Continue reading Becoming a Divemaster: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Becoming a Divemaster: A Short Story on Fear
This article is part one in a series on the process of getting my PADI Divemaster certification. The Divemaster certification is the first step to working as a professional in the diving industry. I felt it was important to share some backstory before getting into the details of my month long course. Unfortunately, diving can … Continue reading Becoming a Divemaster: A Short Story on Fear
How to Have the Perfect Summer
I don't know about you but at the end of winter, summer takes an almost mythological status in my mind. Every winter I seem to expect my life to turn into a Billabong or Corona ad as soon as the first rays of sunshine hit the ground. Anticipation of summer takes on a golden hue … Continue reading How to Have the Perfect Summer
A Guide to Inland Mauritius: Curepipe to Chamarel
Inland Mauritius, with it's picture book mountains, tumble of vegetation, and misty waterfalls, is often overlooked and under appreciated. And I totally get why. It's so easy to spend your days sipping a fresh coconut in the shallows of a turquoise lagoon, swimming amongst a labyrinth of colourful reef, and burrowing your toes in the … Continue reading A Guide to Inland Mauritius: Curepipe to Chamarel
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