island greetings from mauritius.
it’s really hard to attach quick pictures or updates to let our folks know we made it so we’re resorting to the ‘ole blog. mom, tell mrs. b to check it out, too.
first, let’s get the bad out of the way. traveling to mauritius is not the easiest nor most pleasant experience. on the flight from atlanta to paris alex was able to sleep most of the flight. i had an aisle seat with a nice lady that must have had a very small bladder because she got up no less than 4 times. we relaxed in the air france lounge in paris for a few hours where i drank at least 5 bottles of evian and grabbed a few zzz’s. we found this guy just next to our gate. heaven.
then i slept through a good bit of the paris to mauritius leg while alex slept, watched 3 movies, and snacked. we landed around 7 am mauritus time (which is 8 hours ahead of EST) and felt pretty decent. customs was a breeze and thanks to mauritius rush hour we got to our hotel around 9:30. the level of service at the hilton is amazing — almost to the point where they’re so nice it’s awkward. instead of standing in line for check in we were greeted with a person attendant that brought us drinks while she did all the work.
and thank goodness for hilton upgrades, they gave us a ridiculous junior suite. i hopped in bed thinking i would take a quick rest and we ended up napping for 6 hours! i must have been tired because i slept through lunch. and i don’t miss meals.
we woke up just in time to see the sunset. our room is about 10 steps from the beach so we could lounge on our patio watching the view.
we were greeted by these delicious goodies as well. MACARONS!
we also learned our second lesson of the trip: mauritius does not = american. lots and lots of french speaking folks. almost everyone speaks english, so it doesn’t inhabit getting around.
today we had the most amazingly relaxing day on the beach. the hotel has lots of free water sports so we took out a paddle boat for about an hour and signed up for skiing and glass bottom boat tours tomorrow.
tonight for dinner we went off the resort to a little chinese restaurant. it was soooo good and i had my first (2) diet cokes of the trip.
we made it back to our hotel just in time to make a dancing show. it was pretty entertaining.