17 mars 2014

Hey to the Ferry.

          P came over during my half-term holidays to spend a week in Mayotte with me. During that week, we played a lot of music and we ate out several times. It was on one of these times that something rather interesting happened. The restaurant we wanted to go to was on the small island, and my flat is on the big island. So far all was well, we bought a couple of ferry tickets (there are ferries across the water every half hour, the trip takes about twenty minutes) and got on the ferry. The problem was... [Lire la suite]
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12 août 2013

Consuegra

                        South of Madrid lies Consuegra, where Don Quijote's windmills stand on a ridge. Twelve windmills, some of them broken, allegedly by Don Quijote himself. Spain is obsessed with Don Quijote, as there are picture and sculptures everywhere, every village has a bar or restaurant named after either the character or the author, and Cervantès' birthplace in Alcalá de Henares is a widely-visited tourist spot.            ... [Lire la suite]
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13 mai 2013

When in Spain...

                I went to Madrid during the half-term holidays to visit P, who was transferred there for his job last December. I'd never been to the capital city before, so that was a very interesting experience. On top of trying to speak Spanish, I learnt a few things we weren't taught at school; namely that...            ...people queue halfway along the street to buy espadrilles              ...restaurants offer... [Lire la suite]
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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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18 mars 2013

Moving House

                  When P and I came to Mayotte on August 15th 2011, we had only known for a short while that we - I, at any rate - would be moving at all. I remember searching the Internet for possible flats or flat shares, hunting all around the area of the island my school was in, preferably somewhere with electricity and running water, also preferably somewhere within walking distance of the school, just in case. There were two flats that sounded allright, the one I chose and another... [Lire la suite]
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03 décembre 2012

Saying Goodbye to Philippe

            Before P left, we had a party with the music group and the dancers to say goodbye. Every two weeks, the main dancer holds a dance workshop at his home, where anyone who so wishes can turn up and learn a few traditional dancers. Usually, a couple of musicians from the group turn up as well - whoever's available, really, not usually P and I because it's a bit far away. This time, we rescheduled the workshop so that everybody could be there. We played the pieces we felt like playing, rather... [Lire la suite]
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10 septembre 2012

Sea's out.

      Last weekend, yet another beautiful day, how tiring ;). School has been back for three weeks, so like every other teacher on the island, we went to the beach. At low tide. Very low tide. So low that we could actually walk right up to the coral reef drop-off, the part where the coral suddenly falls away and you can see a lot of coral and fish. A little hard under the feet, because there were bits of coral and various assorted rocks everywhere, it was a case of finding the least pointy bits to walk on, but... [Lire la suite]
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04 juin 2012

Radio Tour de l'Île ! Infos, quizz, musique, fun !

       Over the Pentecost week-end, a friend of ours was participating in the Tour de l'Île, a sailing boat tour of the larger of Mayotte's two islands. He told us that he does this every year, and that he usually ends up being the only one playing music on the beach, so would we like to come and accompany him with another two instruments? Yes please.              Our skipper was our musician friend Franck, who plays the accordion in our... [Lire la suite]
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12 février 2012

Madame, la pluie, elle tombe!

                Talk about keeping things for a rainy day. There are so many rainy days here – and so much rain – that I don’t know what to do with most of them. Some do, though. There’s construction work outside at the moment – just underneath our flat, actually – where two workers in bright blue trousers are crépi-ing the car park boundary walls.         Taking shelter for lunch :) ... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2012

All Golfed Out

           Last Sunday, P and I were invited to a "Grand Golf Initiation" organized by my new friends the Bretons of Mayotte. As P likes golf, and as I don't, we were asked to bring our instruments and at least play those. We ended up playing both golf and music. First, we learnt to "putt" the ball into small fake holes made of floppy metal cups, then to lob the balls across the green so that the people opposite didn't have to go and fetch theirs, just catch ours as they hurtled... [Lire la suite]
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