06 novembre 2011

Music in Mayotte

             This is the music group I’ve been with for a month so far. The level isn’t brilliant, but we get on well and are happy playing together. The group is called L'Amicale des Bretons de Mayotte. Marion plays the flute, the accordion and the piano. She started off with the piano years ago, went on to the accordion, but when she joined this group, there were already two accordions. She wanted to try a new instrument, they advised her to try the flute or the recorder,... [Lire la suite]
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29 octobre 2011

Sandy Islands

                      Yesterday, the school closed at midday to avoid taking any risks linked to demonstrations, road-blocking, car-burning or stone-throwing, which seem to have become rather fashionable local pastimes. Faced with a long week-end, as Tuesday – 1st of November, All Saints’ Day – is a bank holiday and I don’t have any lessons on Mondays or Wednesdays, I was thinking about all the wonderful sleeping-in I was... [Lire la suite]
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23 octobre 2011

Raving about Diving

                                   An interesting morning spent diving in the lagoon today! Called a baptême de plongée, it’s an initiation to diving where everything is done for you, the idea is really to see if you like it and if you’re capable of not panicking underwater. Hippocampe Plongée took six of us out to the passe en S, an S-shaped tunnel in the coral... [Lire la suite]
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27 septembre 2011


               I went on a “whale safari” with a few colleagues last week. There are often whales and dolphins in the lagoon, but not this day, so we went right out of the lagoon and up to the north of the island. The trip itself took about an hour and a half by reinforced speed-dinghy. Once there, we saw a couple of dolphins, who took fright and disappeared. We carried on a bit and managed to find a whale and her little one, who weren’t doing spectacular jumps... [Lire la suite]
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