Wild, exuberant... and contagious! The sega is a glorious spectacle of rhythm & music, unique to Mauritius. A dance form spawned by islanders of African origin, the sega involves rubbing your feet, and swaying your hips as gracefully as you can manage! All performed to frantic Creole lyrics, and instruments like the ravanne and the maravanne. You can catch this awesome sight at the hotel beaches, usually on a Wednesday. When the dancers pull you into their circle, just play along :)
Every weekend the locals take over the beaches here and you'll see the fast food and ice cream vans roll up, mainly on Fridays to Sunday, although a couple are there all week. All weekend the Mauritiens set up tents and makeshift campsites, sit around playing music, having fun and also eating and drinking.
Why a tip ? Well the food that can be bought at the vans is succulent. Either fried rice or noodles with chicken are very tasty but you'll also find "briani", same sort of noodles but with added spices, which Mauritius is renowned for, that you'd die for. Cost : between 2 and 3€ for a polystyrene container. For six of us we were buying 4 containers that we were eating at home, so making a really cheap meal. A great way for cutting costs.
Mauritius has three primary languages. The two official languages are French and English. Most tourism employees that we encountered could speak both. We found that speaking French seemed to get us slightly better treatment. In addition to French and English, most residents of Mauritius also speak Mauritian, a local creole language.
Port-Louis Central Market is still at the heart of local life and traditions. All the ingredients are gathered to capture the essence of Mauritius: Local crafts, bright sarongs, colourful heaps of vegetables and fruits, spices, savouries filled with curry or chutney. You may not want to miss the trader selling herbal cures for all aliments. As in all markets, the insistent of voices of traders will invite you to taste the various local delicacies.
The main religion in Mauritius is Hinduism. So this would be a good place to learn about this religion as there are more than 150 temples on the island. When visiting the temples dress modest as usual.
The mountain of Le Morne is for the Mauricians, the symbol of the resistance of the slaves chestnuts.
This immense crimson brown rock detaches itself on the sky mauritian, as to recall the history of the slaves that had found shelter on the mountain.
The day of the abolition of the slavery, he transfers to bring up the soldiers English, and thinking that one came to make them again prisoners, he preferred all to throw themselves at the bottom of the cliff.
Zot dir kumkwa esklav ki res laba - lao lor sa montayn la - zot truv solda aprose, zot zetz depi lao, zot truv lamor.
Sa malgre ki bann-la ti pe viv lor misiyon anons zot zot laliberte.
Enn zistwar tris.
Tro tris mem."
Roger Moss - Le Morne
Closed since 1998 because of transformations, the museum of Mahébourg to reopened its doors in July 2000 ; it is called National Museum of history henceforth. Apart from they are a lot better presented, the objects that it offers to the look of the visitors are four more numerous times than in the past.
The new facilities benefit from the air-conditioning and the visitors have even to their disposition of the audio-guides in Creole.
Appart from French and english there is another language spoken on the island called le patois. Unfortunetely i grew up speaking french and was never taught but i wouldnt mind learning a bit more. I find it really interesting.
The language is a mixture of french ,african and Indian but im not sure if it has a verb structure.
Theres even newspapers written in the language
When in Mauritius it pays to make friends with the local law enforcement officers. If you run into trouble later on, a familiar face might help you out. I did get the car clamped a few weeks later for parking 1/2 inch on a double yellow tho.
I kind of make fun of this place but it is a serious place and people work extremly hard for very little money. You can not bring your family here including your wife or kids. The loneliness here is profound. Imagine being away from your loved ones for 1 year. Maybe one day there won't be a need for a place like this and maybe the British will open it up to tourism. It really is the most unique place I ever been to.
A little geography. Diego Garcia is an atoll 40 Kilometers long from tip to tip. It is never more than 2 km wide at any point along its length. Diego Garcia lies 6 degrees south the equator in the Indian Ocean. You would have a hard time finding on most maps. If you drew a line from the tip of India due south about 1200 km you might run into DG.
Try to visit the island during a an Hindu festival like the Cavadee in January or February or the Maha Shivarati festival. Many thousands of Hindus go up to lake Grand Basin for baptised in the lake and make offerings to Shiva. Lakes water are believed connected to the Ganga river in India.
Mauritian society consists of several cultures. Although everyone will tell you that ethnicity is not important and all Mauritians are friends, underneath the surface the differences continue to be important, especially in the south. Society remains divided, relations and marriages between groups are not common.
My impression is that the widest gap lies between the Hindu part of the population and the other groups. Whereas Chinese, Creoles and Muslims can and do get along fine, Hindus, the majority, tend to stick to their own somewhat more. It is sometimes useful to keep this in mind and not just believe the racial harmony propaganda.
Apart from that, some short observations:
-it will be appreciated very much if you say that you prefer Mauritius above Reunion.
-Mauritians greet each other by shaking hands (among men) or giving two kisses on the cheeck (m-f, f-f)
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. The gardens are known to naturalists throughout the world for their countless species of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victorial Regia water lilies, and the talipot palm, said to flower once every sixty years and then die. The garden was created by Pierre Poivre in 1767 in the Estate of the French Governor Mahe de Labourdonnais.
You will be offered to eat with the Rodrigueans at their home. Most of time fresh caught
fish will be the fare. Fish is the main staple of Rodrigues, and there are many type, all
very good. The people are very warm and friendly. You will not feel like a stranger with those friendly people.
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