“No worries in Paradise”! That is the local saying here in Mauritius. I must say that any day that starts with me drinking coffee with steaming hot milk and eating chocolate croissants while watching blue green ocean waves caress white sandy beaches under a crystal blue sky is a good day. Never heard of Mauritius? Well let me fill you in.
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 650 miles east of Madagascar. Mauritius was claimed by the Dutch in the late 1500’s and named for Prince Maurice of Nassau. Later, the French took over and Mauritius became a legal pirate haven (during the time when looting British ships was considered a respectable profession). In 1810, the British took over and today, Mauritius is an independent member of the British Commonwealth with its own democratic parliament. English is the official language, cars are driven on the left side of the road and by some stroke of merciful justice, the nation inherited French cuisine. Mauritius is a melting pot of different peoples (Indian, Creole, Chinese, and European) who commonly speak Creole and have brought their own cuisines to the island, making choices for dining an incredible experience.
Being in Mauritius is truly a gift of time for physical rest and spiritual refreshment. My daughter, Caite, will go back to Madagascar to finish her Peace Corps service there. Tomorrow we say good-bye to Paradise, with Caite flying back to Antananarivo and me flying to the USA tomorrow night.