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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30 septembre 2011

The Dark Side of Mayotte

            Most of the time, Mayotte is postcard-pretty and the people are lovely. But it isn't "home" yet. It’s not that I don’t like coconut trees and papaya fruit, having the lagoon just next door and going to school on a scooter. I do. But some things take a bit of getting used to.                         It’s pretty here, but it’s so poor and dirty. Most people live... [Lire la suite]
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27 septembre 2011

Whales

               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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