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Family Reunion in the Seychelles

In honor of our upcoming cruise (or, hey, maybe I'm already away on my cruise right this instant and merely scheduled this post ahead of time, muah ha ha), today's post is actually just a cut/paste repeat of a previous vacation.

Enjoy the photos and be patient with the narrative, which was written by my teenage self.

My Seychelles Post


(This is actually a few posts merged together into one. Ah, the joy of being confined to an island with limited internet access for 2 weeks.)

My mum is driving me nuts! She was flipping out when I was posting on MySpace last night. She said I was going to be so embarrassed when people read what I wrote and she kept yelling at me not to post it. I asked her if she knows what MySpace is and she said no. I asked her if she has read what I am posting and she said no. I think that's all I need to say, right?


Yesterday, my great grandmother showed me a skirt that she made for me and was trying to get me to take off my pants in front of everyone. I'm glad that I was able to escape into the bathroom to try it on. It was so small that I could barely get it past my knees, so it would have been extra embarrassing to try to put in on with everyone watching. My mum says I should have just done it because my great-grandmother is so old that she has seen everything before and changing in front of her is no big deal. Okay, I'll go along with that. But what about all the other people who were there, teenage boys and uncles included?! That's easy for her to say - no one was trying to take her pants off! Lol, I wonder if my great-grandmother would have laughed at my thong?

Doesn't this woman look so friendly and sweet?

My crazy mum does things completely different from me. I asked her where we were going this morning and, of course, she ignored me like she always does. So where did we go after the agricultural show? We drove and we drove and we drove, until over 4 hours had passed and I was completely car sick, and then we went home. Yep, my mum thought it would be fun to just drive around. Isn't there anything better to do than drive around?! I was crammed in the backseat of the car, where there are no vents, (I was sweating the entire drive!) and the seat belts do not work. Driving here seems very dangerous to me. My mum is not used to driving on the left so her reaction time is slower than usual. (And she's not that great of a driver to begin with!) Every once in a while we have to remind her that she's on the wrong side of the road. During our pointless drive, there were 3 times that I had to get out. Two were because we were on a one lane road over a very steep cliff and needed to find a way to pass another car. We ended up turning around, (very scary on the one lane road!) There's no point getting out to help my mum drive. I motion for her to keep going back or forward and she stops and ignores my directions.


This morning we went for a walk on the beach. I was nervous because it was still dark and there were no other people out. My mum said not to worry because the only time she ever heard of something bad happening when she lived here was when a woman had her throat slashed by a guy with a machete on the beach and they laid her on the counter at the hotel and all of her insides were coming out through her neck. Yeah, mum, great job putting my fears to rest! When we got back from our walk, we took a short nap - just 5 more hours! Isn't jet lag fun?

 Seychelles cars are ADORABLE!

We went to the 30th independence day parade last night. There were lots of interesting floats. Each had a big number in front of it and represented a year in Seychelles history, so we thought that the parade was over when it got to 30, (which makes sense!) When we got home, we found out that the floats went up to 59! I'm glad we didn't stay for all of them though because just the first 30 took a long time and it was cold and raining. At the parade, we tried deep-fried banana, which tasted like banana bread. We also drank SeyPearl, which is soda that is made here.


Today we are going to do some shopping in town and tomorrow and Wednesday we will be in Praslin and La Digue, which are islands near here. I am not sure if we will be flying there or taking a boat. We have been told that everyone who takes a boat there gets very seasick because it sometimes seems like the boat is going to flip over, so hopefully we'll fly! It's going to cost a few hundred dollars to go and all we're doing there is going to the beach, so it sounds like a waste of money to me. Maybe it will be fun though. We'll see.

*Post-trip update: We ended up taking a boat. I learned first-hand what those little paper baggies stashed in each seat are for!


My relatives from Australia and my brother are going to arrive here on Thursday. When they are here, we are all going to stay in little beach houses on the other side of the beach. Every time there has been somewhere I've wanted to go, like the Natural History Museum, my mum says we'll go when everyone else arrives.


The bugs keep biting me! I have a huge bug bite on the back of my leg and it ITCHES! I even have bug bites on my feet. My grandpa sees the bite marks and makes me put cream on them, but he forgets if I already put cream on, so he insists that I put cream on over and over and over again!

 Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow!!! Why must my leg be so tasty?!

My great-grandma is praying right now. Every morning, she sits at the table with cards that have pictures of people. (Saints?) She prays without interruption for over 2 hours! I'm not sure what else to say about that. I just thought it was interesting.


Uh oh. My mum just came in and it sounds like our plans may be changing. Instead of going to the other islands tomorrow, we may go when everyone arrives from Australia. It would be me, my mum, my brother, and my cousin, Elise, because she is leaving before the rest of her family and won't be here when they go in a few weeks. My mum says it will be nice to give my Australian family a break from my brother. That seems like a good idea.

  
I am back from town! We ordered snacks from a little shop. My mum got 6 Pates and 6 Pamoussas, which I told her was a ridiculous amount and I was right we only ate 1 of each. They had 2 other things there that I have never tried and they were only 1 rupee each, which is about $0.20, but she said we had enough food. Aaaaugh! We went to the SupaSaver and waited in line for over an hour. It is always busy there. We spent about 250 rupees but I got a few interesting things to take home. There are only hand baskets at the SupaSaver. It's so crowded that shopping carts would be impossible to fit, so we weren't able to buy everything that we needed. It's a good thing though because we had to carry all of our groceries back to the car in the hot sun, which was parked about 1.5 miles away. Prices are not as absurd as my mum was expecting. Bread was about $2 and it was just baked in the bakery. A large bottle of soda was about $3. We got some little packages of chocolate cookies for about $0.30 each. We stopped at another grocery store on our way home. They had almost everything that the SupaSaver had at almost the same prices but there was no crowd and we could park directly outside. Whatever shred of appeal the SupaSaver still had went right out the window! Shouldn't someone have told us about this place?

 I'm glad I've never seen a spider like this at home!

I want to buy some curry paste but my mum freaks out when I try because she says it will get all over everything. It comes in a pouch just like those tuna pouches. I don't think it will explode on the plane, esp. if I pack it with my carry on. It would be wrapped in another bag just in case, but she doesn't care. Gosh darn it! I want some curry paste!


Well, I had better end this because I want to go to the internet café and send it before I go to the beach.

Comments

  1. Ah vacation. I bet if we sat down, the bugs would eat me instead of you. Why did you need to put the pic of hte spider in. Happy vacation.

    LisaDay

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  2. Sounds to me like you had great fun in Seychelles - the beach and the driving on those narrow roads. You drove around for 4 hours?

    You must have got to every little corner of Mahe Island and every single beach there too.
    I do hope you'll come back and have even more fun in the sun next time.

    And before I leave you, do you have a favourite Seychelles beach? You can find mine here. What's yours?

    Louis

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  3. Beautiful beach...ugly spider ewwww!

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  4. Have a great time there!! enjoy !!!

    Hugs from me Ria

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  5. A BIG LOL about your mom! ...mine's somewhat similar.
    And congrats on reaching over 100 followers!!

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  6. Holy Moly those are some bug bites! You had me at the first picture! Gorgeous.

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  7. My legs looked exactly the same way on my honeymoon last year! No fun at all!

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  8. First of all, I'm jealous. You must be having a wonderful time. Adventures ahead!

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  9. OMG - that was the funniest story about trying on the skirt & your mum putting your fears to rest!!!! That spider is scary and hte beaches look beautiful! Have a wonderful trip!!!!

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  10. The vacation looks great except for the bugs.

    I repost on Sundays sometime. I post poems from before I had any followers. No crime.

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  11. lucky you :)

    I stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi.
    Take a minute an check my blog out if you haven't already.
    I have lots of great giveaways going on.
    Thanks :)

    ethertonphotography.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh now I just want a vacation! Enjoy your trip! ;-)

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  13. This is a repeat comment! I might have left for Paris by now.....not. In a few more months. I know where Seychelles is. I used to live in South Africa and in those days only the rich people got to go and visit and......I never went. I heard all about it, many times actually. My kids were enrolled in a private school for rich kids (our company paid for the fees). I pretended I was also rich. Anyway, I listened to all these people that had maids, gardeners, chauffeurs and nannies talk about their trips to Seychelles. You are very lucky to have been there. Its very beautiful and exclusive. Take care,

    Anne-Marie

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  14. Love the pictures!

    I'm soon on my way on vacation myself - to the Dominican Republic - your pictures mad eme want to go even more (if that's possible)

    And - It's really a blog mash up, don't you think? that's NOT the same as re-posting ;)

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