My last day, and night in Mauritius

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Wake up and savor free breakfast, its good.  Relax poolside/beachfront reading for a few hours.  Bummed a cyclone is coming in making the weather worse than Cleveland, Ohio.  Shower.  Check out.  Wander around the island driving aimlessly looking for signs to places I want to visit but don't find anything.  Find Gris Gris (a supposedly amazing cliff-side town that is put to shame by Hermanus in South Africa) and Auberge de Saint Aubin (some colonial plantation house with a rum distillery but no tastings today)...  Wind up all the way in the south of the island at Le Chateau (www.domainedebelombre.mu) for a late lunch.  It's amazing. Try to play golf after lunch.  Golf pro treats me like little kid and I leave instead of wasting time.

Head to the airport all sorts of early.  Can only check in 3 hours ahead of time.  Have 9 hours before my flight.  Meet a new friend who works at the airport.  He gets off in 10 minutes. Go to his buddy's house for drinks.  (Who goes home with a random stranger by the way???) They feed me gin and sprite.  Another.  I refuse another.  They insist.  We talk for a while.  They are nice.  Head to his house for dinner.  His family is warm and his mother feeds me and gives me a book, a Hindi interpretation of the teachings of Saint Matthew. Walk over to his cousin's house to watch Arsenal get destroyed by Man U, 4-0 in the FA Cup.  Bummed about my team's loss.  Go to airport again. 

New buddy sets me up with a spot in the VIP Lounge at the airport.  I check in and am the only one in the VIP Lounge before they kick me out because its fully booked...  I say, "sup?" They say the PM and a US Embassy person are coming shortly and I have to leave NOW!  I head upstairs and scam my way into the Air Mauritius lounge to take a shower, eat free food, use the internet and chill in the lap of luxury ... life is good!

Can't wait to see my mother in the morning!
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