09 juin 2014

Another one bites the dust

           Each village in Mayotte has its own football club. Some of the most famous are the Mtsamboro Bees, the Mzouazia Twins, the Rosador of Passamaïnty and the Southern Miracle.                          And without fail, during the dry season, all matches are played amid clouds of red dust. This said, in the rainy season, everyone ends up soaking wet and the same brownish-red mud colour.          ... [Lire la suite]
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26 mai 2014

Kids

         Adults in Mayotte don't really like the camera lens. There is a belief that being photographed removes a part of your soul, but it's usually closer to not liking white tourists taking photos of "locals" doing "local things". Which is fair enough and perfectly understandable. Most people probably wouldn't like a foreigner pointing a camera at them while they're just going about their business as usual. However, the kids love the camera. They'll play up to it, smile, group together and make signs... [Lire la suite]
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08 mai 2014

Salouva Deba

          Most Mahorese women dress in a salouva, which is a big cotton tube knotted around the chest and which falls down to the feet. Underneath the salouva, they usually wear a sparkly t-shirt, or one with artistically cut-out pieces made to resemble flowers or geometrical shapes. The most traditional ladies - generally the older ones - also wear a skirt underneath, which has a recognizable jagged bottom made of lace. The traditional Mahorese salouva is worn with a kishali on the head or over one... [Lire la suite]
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21 avril 2014

Strange food they have here.

         These are banana flowers. They grow on the ends of big banana bunches like below. You have a hundred or so bananas spiralling downwards, and a big purple flower on the end. Lots of people eat yellow bananas. Here, green bananas are a vegetable like any other, and a cheap one at that, as most people have a banana plant somewhere nearby. Green bananas are eaten fried, they're very filling but don't taste of much. A pain to peel, too. I learnt the other day that you could eat the flowers. There's a... [Lire la suite]
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31 mars 2014

Hellen

                 The weather was pretty grotty this weekend, so I haven't been out much. In fact, Mayotte was placed under "strong rain warning" on Thursday evening, because a depression was forming in the Mozambique channel, along the coast of Mozambique.  On Saturday morning, the depression turned into a tropical storm and was christened Hellen. Strong winds and rather a lot of rain came thundering down on the north-eastern side of the island, causing trees to topple over... [Lire la suite]
10 mars 2014

The rain in Mamoudzou falls down, soaks the road and makes big potholes.

            We're slowly getting towards the end of the rainy season. It's been raining pretty much every day, but not all day though, just an hour or two at a time. The rain has - as usual - dug gaping holes in the roads, it's a right mess. Some of the roads I take every day have now reached the state where you can't actually drive on them any more. You swerve all over the place, as you physically cannot drive in a straight line on these roads, and you play bumper cars too, because when one... [Lire la suite]

24 février 2014

Put it on your head.

         A series of rather interesting postcards has been released recently. They're all drawings of scenes in Mayotte. My favourite is the one above, as it's a mixture of two scenes I come across very regularly. Scooters here aren't just a quick way of getting from point A to point B. They're a fully-fledged means of transport for both people and merchandise. It's not rare to see scooters with not only two people, sometimes three, but also a huge sack of rice, a full bunch of bananas or a cubic metre of... [Lire la suite]
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06 février 2014

The Box.

                  Sent: 06 January 2014. Received: 03 February 2014. Not too bad. Boxes and parcels always take about a month. Except that this particular one was coming from the UK, which the Mahorese customs weren't too sure about. They sent me a letter the week before arrival, saying that they wanted me to tell them what was in the box (although the contents were written in both languages on said box) and to give them an invoice proving what the contents were worth. I sent it... [Lire la suite]
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03 février 2014

Total Jumbo Strike

            There are two big strikes going on at the moment. And being Mayotte, where nothing really ever goes as planned, they're both worth a mention.                                 The first - and bigger - is the Total strike. Total is the one and only petrol provider in Mayotte, the group has a complete monopolis over the island. But the problem doesn't come from Total itself. The problem comes from the Overseas... [Lire la suite]
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28 janvier 2014

Happy Birthday Papi !

              Happy Birthday Papi !   Lots of love, Em   xxx                
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