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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26 août 2013

A Week In England

             Apparently, when in Cornwall, one of the main things to visit is the Eden Project. So visit the Eden Project we did. It's the very interesting story of a clay pit which has been transformed into a living and growing area covered with various plants representing different parts of Cornwall. There are two "biomes", one housing Mediterranean plants and the other tropical vegetation at a constant temperature of 30°C and a humidity rate of 67%. Rather reminded me of somewhere, somehow. ... [Lire la suite]
25 mars 2013

The North from East to West

                   When P was here, he wanted to see if his scooter still worked. As I hadn't gone anywhere near it for the past few months, it didn't start. P pulled bits of it out and put it all back together, gave it some petrol and kept trying, and it started a couple of days later. So to make sure it kept working, he wanted to go on a fairly long trip with it. As we hadn't yet explored the north of Mayotte - too busy when he was here, and I'm not doing that on my own - we... [Lire la suite]
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22 octobre 2012

Turtling

                         We've had friends from France over this week. This is the first time people have come into my flat to stay, but everything went well. After taking them to a beach near our flat for starters, we went to N'Gouja beach to go turtle-hunting. N'Gouja is about an hour's drive from the flat, it's the main "white beach" of Mayotte. Almost everybody is white and armed with a mask, tuba and flippers. The beach itself is well-known for its turtles,... [Lire la suite]
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26 mars 2012

Dziani Dzaha

           One really nice thing about Mayotte is that the distances are short, so you don't need to travel for a long time to go anywhere. The beaches are very close to the towns. Our nearest beach can be reached on foot. It's not a terribly nice one, so we usually go to one called Sakouli, on the other side of Mamoudzou. Total distance: about 10km. Total time spent travelling: about half an hour depending on traffic.        ... [Lire la suite]
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25 septembre 2011

Cooking

What happened when we went to the market !Tomatoes, coconuts, green bananas, peppers, yellow bananas, papayas, cassavas.                 After having trailed as many times as humanly possible round the two local supermarkets – one of which is a large one with pretty much everything at triple the average French price, the other is a discount chain store spread all over Mayotte – and having bought various fruit and vegetables at little street markets that... [Lire la suite]
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