Arrival in Mauritius
Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
17Trip End May 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
Gold Crest Hotel
There were quite of number of young Nordic-featured couples, slender and handsome, on board, but I didn’t recognize the language. It didn’t sound like Norse or Danish or Swedish, which I can usually pick out. Many were blond though, so I decided they were probably Nordic and so I wondered if they were Finnish; that language doesn’t sound like the others in the region and is hard for me to recognize. I waited (these flights are long!) and finally surreptitiously glanced at a passport as a couple was filling out entry documents and found I had guessed right, they were Finns.
Later, I noticed on the flight map that we made a slight dogleg around Benghazi over which a straight line would have taken us; I suppose the pilots were taking no chances with stray surface to air missiles or anti-aircraft fire. Good for them!
We arrived in Mauritius half an hour early; at 06:30. I was toward the front of the plane so I was able to move quickly to a short immigration line and was through formalities more quickly than usual. I picked up my rental car called a Proton Kenari, a boxy ski-boot of a car I had never seen before. I asked the attendant who made it, and he replied in French "it’s Malaysian." Then he thought better of it and looked closely again “or Korean…” he guessed helpfully. If so, I hoped it was from South Korea. We’ll see what happens.
The Prodigues arrived at the expected time and we chatted for a while in the lobby discussing the situation in Mauritius since my last visit and also our schedule for the next few days. The news was good overall, and it’s very good we can be together for the next few days. They confirmed to me that this will be the first Passover observance for the members in Mauritius to be personally conducted by an elder of the Church.
After they left for home, I walked down the main street of Quatre Bornes to the Happy Raja, a very pleasant Indian restaurant. I particularly appreciate Indian cuisine and eat it most days, sometimes twice a day when I’m in Mauritius where such restaurants are plentiful and usually inexpensive. I used to eat it three times on some days, but the Gold Crest has stopped offering vegetable curry as part of its breakfast buffet…