Arrival in Mauritius
Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
14Trip End Oct 09, 2012
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We arrived in Mauritius at 06:00 under a light rain. Winter, such as it is in this region, ends this time of year, so temperatures are less warm, and are even pleasantly cool at night. We were to have arrived later than this, and I was at the front of the coach section and knew how the formalities went here, so I was among the first out of the airport. The rental car man was amazed that I would come all the way to Mauritius for only two days. I didn't want to explain the whole thing so I just smiled and nodded my head at him. Since I was quite early, I decided to drive to my usual hotel in Quatre Bornes rather than either just killing time or trying to go to the Prodigues house so early. I drove quickly, getting back into drive-on-the-left side mode, to the hotel and tried to check in. They didn’t have a room for me at 07:15 when I arrived, so I had breakfast and waited until about 9:00 when I was able to get into my room, and shower and change, which was wonderful after the long trip.
I drove back south to the Prodigues’ house where I arrived a little after 10:00. We sang hymns and I gave Bible Study on the topic of sloth, paresse in French. The ladies had prepared a Mauritian meal which we shared after our service. A Mauritian meal is often a combination of dishes reflecting the varied origins of the people here: there are often spicy Indian style curries, spicy Chinese style dishes with rice, and spicy Creole dishes which are a bit more difficult to describe, but they are more Africa inspired. Over this pleasant lunch we caught up on our news, how our common friends are doing, how our absent family members are doing, work and health situations and the plans for the upcoming festival as well. It was a very pleasant discussion that we are only able to have in person about twice a year, so it’s much appreciated. By mid-afternoon, I was yawning in spite of myself: the spirit was willing, but the flesh was quite tired. We shook hands all around and said goodbye, and I drove back north to Quatre Bornes, slapping myself once in a while to stay alert.
I had a welcome two-hour nap in the afternoon which took me to the end of the day. I walked out in the evening to pick up some bottled water, and rooibos tea to take home. We acquired a taste for rooibos (red bush) tea in South Africa where it was developed by Afrikaners long ago from local plants. It’s hard to find outside of South Africa, but not here in Mauritius, so I often replenish our home supply when I come through.
I then walked down the street to the Happy Rajah, a good Indian restaurant in Quatre Bornes, where, since I wasn’t too hungry, I had a biryani and a Phoenix, the most popular local beer. I will make an early night of it and try to catch up on my sleep.