My hometown

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
Trip End Jun 02, 2006

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Saturday, March 25, 2006

We've been back in my hometown of Vacoas for a few days after our week at Perebčre beach. I have told you about Vacoas in my first post. It is quite a busy town now. It has changed a lot since my last visit here. While it has developed a lot, I would still call it a town not a city. It is in the interior of the country and it tends to rain a lot. As a matter of fact, it has rained everyday since we got here on Tuesday (I am writing this on Friday evening). I don't remember it raining that much when I lived here. I am told that in recent years, the weather has changed a lot as a result of climate change. I there is a lot Mauritius could do to fight climate change, starting with the public transit that used mainly old diesel vehicles, the buses spit so much diesel fumes. To its credit, the government has done a lot to protect and preserve some animal species as well as establish some national parks, which we plan to visit in the near future.

So, what are my thoughts about Mauritius after my first 10 days here? Well, I think there has been a lot improvements in every area; quality of life, economy, life in general. I am amazed by the number of Benzes and BMWs on the streets, not to mention other upscale European brands, like Alfa Romeo. I am not talking old models, all late models and loaded! There is a lot of money around, that's for sure. Although from what my friends tell me, there is one group of people making all the money.

The people are very nice but they sure are in a hurry! Definitely not the Caribbean lifestyle around here, to my chagrin. Everyone seems to have somewhere to go! You take a second too long when a traffic light turns green, people honk. The other thing that I noticed right away was the number of people on cell phones; you are driving in a sugar cane field in the middle of nowhere and there is guy on cell phone! The island is wired coast to coast.

The best thing about Mauritius as far as I am concerned, is the food and the beaches. The local dishes are awesome and if you buy from street vendors, really cheap! It normally between $3 to $5cdn to feed the 4 of us (total,not per person!)when we eat at street vendors. The beaches are still pristine and beautiful, while there more hotels and resorts, there are still some untamed coast lines that are just like paradise. I will talk more about those in future posts.
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